Flora Gardens Primary School

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School Meals

The menu, which is healthy and nutritionally balanced, is decided and occasionally changed by the School Council. We will of course cater for vegetarians, have a Halal option and for medical dietary needs or allergies. We are also very happy to work with you and your child to make sure that they are able to eat the food on offer. We know that some children can be fussy, but we are committed to working with you to help your child enjoy a wider range of foods.

We have recently introduced ‘Pasta King’ to pupils in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6, where Monday to Thursday pupils have the option of having pasta for lunch, with a choice of different sauces.

We believe eating is more than just ‘refuelling’ but should be an informal social situation where children work together, share responsibilities, and make new friends across the school. We are committed to working with you to make lunchtime better for your child, but at Flora Gardens lunch time will always be more to us than just food.

Full time Nursery parent are expected to pay for their children’s meals.  The cost is £1.95 per day and this should be paid online via Pay360.

For part time morning Nursery places, you can choose if your child eats in school before they are collected. Afternoon Nursery children should eat before they start school.

Unless you are entitled to Free School Meals, parents must pay for their children’s meals online via Pay360.

KS1 Free School Meals
Through the government initiative, every pupil in Reception, Year 1 and 2 will be eligible for free school meals.

Eligibility for FSM

Families may be eligible for free school meals and clothing grants if they receive the following benefits: 

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • income support
  • income based jobseeker’s allowance
  • income related employment and support allowance
  • support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of pension credit
  • working tax credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit)
  • child tax credit (with no working tax credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

To check if your child is eligible, we need information about you and your child.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, if you have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and have a household income of less than £31,500 per year, your child may temporarily qualify for free school meals if you are:

  • A Zambrano carer 
  • Have the right to remain in the UK under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights or are 
  • Receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 and are subject to a NRPF condition 

You can check your eligibility here.

You can apply for free school meals here, and we ask all parents, even those with children in the younger years, to apply –  Free school meals application form.

Registering for School meals
We ask that ALL PARENTS fill in the school meals registration form. This is important so that we can continue to register pupils who attract pupil premium, which is worth £1,300 a year per pupil for our school. If you have any questions, please contact the main office.

Please speak to the school office, or contact LBHF directly. Your application will be treated confidentially.

Packed Lunches
All pupils at Flora Gardens have the dinner provided by our on site catering team. Packed lunches are not permitted at the current time. 

Paying for School Meals
At Flora Gardens school meals are paid through our secure cashless payments systems called Pay 360. Visit the 'Payments to School' page of our website for more information.