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School Lunch

We encourage all children to have a healthy and nutritional meal at lunchtime.  Research shows that children who have a nutritionally balanced meal (rather than one that has too much sugar and fat) are better able to concentrate in lessons.  All meals prepared at Orchard Manor comply with the government ‘Standards for school food in England’.

We also encourage children to keep hydrated during the school day, preferably with water or other drinks without additives or added sugar.

Free School Meals

Please read through the Free School Meal Information published from Devon County Council which can be found on their website: 

https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/school-meals

All free school meal applications have to now be done through a portal or hard copies through the post. DCC no longer accept e-mail application forms.

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

  • Younger than the compulsory age for starting school
  • In full-time education

If you meet any of the above criteria, please apply, and if successful, the school will receive Pupil Premium Funding towards your child’s education.  Without eligible parents and carers applying the school could be missing out on vital funding.

How to Apply

Apply through the Citizen Portal

This is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision. Alternatively, call the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

Please note that from 1 April 2018, all children currently getting free school meals will continue to do so while Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their parents’ earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. In addition, any child who becomes eligible for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing these during the Universal Credit rollout period.

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because their earnings are above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (such as primary or secondary).

The Universal Credit roll-out is currently expected to complete in March 2023.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Free School Meals Team at freeschoolmeals@devon.gov.uk

or

Henry Cummins, Business Manager on 01626 862363 here at the school for any advice or if you have any queries relating to the above information.