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School Dinners, Free School Meals and Menu

Our catering contractor, Nourish, provide fresh and healthy meals for our children, prepared on-site every day. The cost of a hot meal is £2.25 per day and there is always a choice for the children (see menu below).

Dinner money must be paid via the St. Peter's school payment system, School Gateway, and the money goes direct to Nourish catering. We no longer accept cash or cheque to Nourish, this must be paid online.

Some children choose to have a packed lunch some days and hot meals on others and this is fine - the dinner registers are taken every morning so please ensure your child tells the teacher if they are not having their usual lunch on a particular day.

Free School Meals- The advantages to your family and to the School

Did you know… just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money? Register now so that your child gets the full advantage.

Apply confidentially online at http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals or contact the School Office. 

The Department for Education asks us to remind parents to apply for free school meals if they are eligible.  Since the introduction of Universal Free School Meals, many children are missing out because eligible families are not registering –Don’t let your child miss out.

You only have to do this once and the school will be allocated Pupil Premium funding to provide additional opportunities for your child for the next 6 years.

Register for Free School Meals

For every child registered, the school gets an additional £1,320 per year. With this money we can improve the provision and resources at St Peter’s and subsidise other opportunities such as educational visits or wider learning opportunities.

How does it work?

1. First, you can check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below.

2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, please apply either online, telephone 03000 415123 or speak to Mrs Hart in the school office who would be happy to help you to apply online any morning (simply bring your National Insurance number with you!)

3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £400 a year), extra benefits and the school gets £1,320 extra.

4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they don’t have to; they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £1,320 extra.

No one will know you have registered [it is confidential] and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. All children taking meals simply answer the register – no one in class will know who pays and who does not.

Do you qualify?

You must receive one of these benefits to qualify:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • 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 guarantee 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit