We believe that Lunchtime should be the highlight of the day for everyone at The Ashbeach School. We want to help children gain a real appreciation for good quality food, where it comes from, how it’s produced and why healthy food is important.
From September school meals provided by Cambridge-based specialist schools caterer; The Lunchtime Company www.lunchtime.co.uk. They provide delicious, nutritious and healthy meals every day.
Together we offer children a wonderful choice of hot food, fresh vegetables, freshly baked bread, fresh fruit, yogurt, jacket potatoes… there really is something for everyone. Please click on the link below for the menu for September and October.
All meals are cooked from fresh ingredients every day, sourced locally (where possible within a 60 mile radius of the school), and prepared on-site.
Over the course of the academic year we provide an array of theme days, activities, cookery classes and charity events – these are advertised around the school and on the website.
Meals cost £2.30 per day, or £11.50 per week for Key Stage 2 children. All Key Stage 1 children are entitled to universal free school meals. Lunches should be paid for on the School Gateway which is our preferred option or by sending the money in to school.
Can we “Count you in?”
It’s great news that all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils will get free school meals for the first time this year and it is not dependent on family income.
However, this makes it harder for us to find out which pupils are eligible for the Pupil Premium - £800/£1320 in extra funding to support the achievement of children from households on a lower income.
At Ashbeach if your child receives the Pupil Premium, we will use this to pay for their school trips / provide extra teaching support / put on extra lunchtime clubs….
If you have a child in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and your family income is less than £16,190, please call Cambridgeshire County Council’s education welfare benefits team on 01223 703 200 or apply online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals to ensure that we receive the Pupil Premium for your child.
Also, if you have an older child who is not currently having free school meals, but would be eligible, please do apply.
They do not have to eat a school meal every day – just be registered as eligible.
You can use free school meals just on the days that your child likes the menu, or days you are running low on supplies at home.
Other pupils cannot tell which children get free school meals because of low income.
Schools in Cambridgeshire currently receive less money per pupil from the government than any other education authority in Cambridgeshire, so any additional funding is really beneficial to our pupils.