Food and sharing food are an important part of what we do as a school. In Flora Gardens we use a type of meal service called Family Service. Family Service ensures that the children sit together at the same time and share the same meal. Staff will serve the pupils and eat with them in a traditional family style setting.
Across Year 1 to Year 6, tables of pupils are supported by an adult who works with the children to help them serve their food, encourages them to eat and helps them learn to assist with clearing up after their meal.
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 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.
KS1 Free School Meals
Through the government initiative, every pupil in Reception, Year 1 and 2 will be eligible for free school meals.
KS2 Free School Meals
If you are receiving either of the following you are entitled to apply for free school meals for your child:
– Income Support
– Jobseekers Allowance
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.
We have a healthy lunch policy and do not allow sweets, nuts, chocolate or fizzy drinks. We suggest a sandwich, yoghurt and a piece of fruit. Children should bring water to drink in a labelled bottle. Please ensure that your child’s lunchbox is clearly labelled with their name.
Paying for School Meals
At Flora Gardens school meals are paid through our secure cashless payments systems called SIMS Pay. Just go to www.simspay.com and sign up today!