Our Catering supplier is Vertas EATS (East Anglian Taste for Schools). EATS menus are carefully compiled and feature many local items, reinforcing our commitment to support East Anglian producers. A very high proportion of the dishes are traditionally prepared within our school’s kitchen, allowing us to carefully control each recipe and its ingredients. The small proportion of meat items not prepared in our kitchens are also made using meat carrying the Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor) accreditation. The Red Tractor logo is your guarantee of quality and origin. Every critical step of the food supply chain is independently inspected to ensure food is produced to quality standards by assured farmers, growers and producers in the UK, from farm to pack.
EATS menu also includes Fair Trade items and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accredited fish products.
Please click on the link below to view the current menu choices.
Please note that Monday and Friday desserts will swap with each other in Week 1, and custard may be replaced with ice cream in the warmer weather.
From September 2014 all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children became entitled to a free school meal under the Universal Free School Meals for Infants programme offer and will therefore not be required to pay for their meal.The lunches available are a hot lunch, vegetarian option, or jacket potato with filling, all with vegetables and dessert. Alternatively children can still bring in a packed lunch from home.
Lunches for Reception and Key Stage 1 are ordered using an online form issued via Parentmail on a weekly basis.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) lunches are available at a cost of £2.20 per day to be paid in advance. Children are asked to bring their money for the whole week on a Monday in a named envelope, to their class teacher. Please note below the information that is required on the envelope, alternatively please use one of our dinner money slip templates available under ‘Downloadable Forms’:
- The child’s name and class.
- The days on which meals are required for that week, and whether it is a Cooked Hot Meal (vegetarian option is available and needs to be ordered in advance on Mondays) or a Canteen Packed Lunch
- The total money for the week.
- The exact cash or a cheque made payable to ‘Acle Primary School.’
Please make sure the money is the exact amount as we are unable to give change. Alternatively, you can pay half termly in advance. You can also pay online in advance, please see the school office for details. We reserve the right to request you to bring in a packed lunch for your child if dinner money is outstanding for more than one week. If a child is absent then credits for meals missed will be carried forward. We also provide facilities for children to eat packed lunches at school.
Is my child entitled to free school meals?
Children of families receiving income support, employment support allowance (income related) or income-based job seekers allowance are entitled to receive free school meals.
Families receiving child tax credit but who are not entitled to a working tax credit, and whose annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £16,190 are also entitled, as are those who receive the guaranteed element of state pension credit. Those families receiving working tax credit are not entitled to free school meals.
Note: Where a parent is entitled to working tax credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.
If you are receiving one of these benefits please contact the school office to obtain an application form or call 0344 800 8020 for further advice.
Once entitlement has been assessed children can continue to receive free school meals until the family stops receiving a qualifying benefit. Parents are required to inform the authority of any changes and regular checks will be carried out against records held by the Department of Work and Pensions, the Home Office and HM Revenue & Customs by the free school meals team.
Schools receive additional funding, called Pupil Premium, (currently £1320 per child) for those children entitled to free school meals. Therefore it is important that families, who meet the criteria for free school meals, apply via the school for this entitlement, even if their child is in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, or they do not wish to take up this offer, otherwise we may miss out on this important funding which is used to support children.