School meals

At Abbeyfields we recognise that we share the responsibility with parents and the wider community to educate pupils in all aspects of food and nutrition, enabling them to make healthy informed choices as they move through life. We pride ourselves on serving tasty, healthy meals every day. Our catering team works very hard to give the children what they like whilst adhering to current food standards for schools which ensure meals are nutritious and well balanced. We’re constantly on the lookout for new, exciting recipes to entice the children to make healthy food a priority throughout school. 

What’s on the menu?

Our 2 course menu is constantly evolving, so no 2 weeks will be the same. This keeps the children interested and means they are frequently introduced to different foods and combinations. We also run regular theme days which are based on curriculum activities or to celebrate national events which further engage the children. The menu for the following week is published in the school newsletter on a Thursday so parents and children can decide together which meals they’d like to have. rEach day at registration the children are asked if they would like a school meal or if they have brought a packed lunch; there’s no need to commit to lunches for a long period of time. 

The menus for the current and following week can be seen at the bottom of the page. 

Meals for the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

The Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative enables all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to receive a free school meal every day. The initiative does not apply to children in Nursery, Year 3 and Year 4, however you may be eligible for income related free school meals (FSM) – please see the information below.

Meals for the children in Nursery, Year 3 and Year 4

Meals for children in Nursery, Year 3 and Year 4 are chargeable – please check with the office for the current rate.  

Payment for meals is to be made in advance on-line using My Child At School. The money for dinners comes directly from the school budget so any arrears mean less money for resources for our children

Income Related Free School Meals

It is still essential that if you are entitled to income related free school meals you apply as you will become eligible for other benefits if they’re granted. The approval of an application may entitle your child to:

  • Free milk  
  • Help with curriculum related residential trips or school visits
  • Help with music tuition and instruments 

To access these benefits families must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit and must have an approved Free School Meal claim with Northumberland County Council. 

Additionally, throughout the duration of the authorised FSM claim Abbeyfields  will receive extra funding in the form of Pupil Premium to enhance educational provision. 

If you are in receipt of the following benefits please apply:

  • Universal Credit with household income less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Child Tax Credit with NO Working Tax Credit (Income below £16,190) 
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit
  • The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 supported by a letter from the Asylum team

For more Information contact:

Free School Meals Team at Northumberland County Council
Apply Online on the Northumberland County Council Website
www.northumberland.gov.uk
Telephone: 0345 6006400
Email: FSM@northumberland.gov.uk

Or speak to Mrs Gibson, Mrs Rebair or Mrs Mungall in confidence via the school office. 

What’s on the menu?