The menu is supplied by Chartwells, a company employed by Lewisham to oversee children's meals.
At Athelney all of our school dinners are cooked freshly, on site each day.
Our kitchen is run by Rose, who works tirelessly to ensure that the food her staff produce is of the highest quality.
It must be great because a large number of school staff pay to eat the dinners!
Each day children from Reception to Year 2 enjoy a hot meal, free of charge.
Children in Years 3-6 can pay £2.30 a day to enjoy the school meals, or they need to bring a healthy packed lunch. (See below)
If you pay for your child's meals, please make sure that payments are made to the school office in advance. Please do not build up a dinner money debt!
Children from Years 5/6 can choose a baguette option rather than a hot meal if they wish. On offer are chicken, cheese or tuna baguettes. Baguette options are also £2.30 a day.
We ask that children in Years 3-6 make a selections of either school dinner or packed lunches, and they stick to that option for half a term. This way we can ensure that we order the correct amount of food for the hot meal and minimise waste.
Free School Meals
From Year 3, parents will need to pay for their child's school dinner or apply to Lewisham for a free meal if they are entitled to it.
Your child can get free school meals if your combined annual household income is below £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC) and you get one of the following benefits:
If your income is below £16,190 and you are not on any benefits your family will not be eligible.
If one partner or spouse in the household gets benefits and the other gets an annual income above £16,190, as assessed by HMRC, your family will not be eligible for free school meals.
If you get working tax credit regardless of your annual household income your family will not be eligible for free school meals.
Universal credit is being introduced over the next few years and will replace existing benefits, such as housing benefit and JSA. We expect the rollout to be completed by March 2022. This may affect your school meals eligibility.
If you are on universal credit, you can only apply for free school meals for children in year three and above if you earn £7,400 per year or less.
If you are moved onto universal credit and your child already gets free school meals, they can still get free school meals, even if you earn more than £7,400, until the end of the rollout period in March 2022.
Children in reception and years one and two are not affected by the changes.
If you haven’t been moved onto universal credit yet, you can still apply for free school meals and your application will be based on the old eligibility criteria above.
You do not need to reapply each year but if your child changes school, you will need to tell us.
If you would like support in applying for free school meals please see a member of the office team.
Children from Years 3-6 are welcome to bring a packed lunch, which they can eat in the dinner hall or outside in the playground when the weather is warm and dry.
It is essential that children's midday meal is a balanced and healthy one so we have developed guidelines to help parents with what to include.