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School Meals

School Meals Menu Autumn 2018 - please click here to see the menu

We are fortunate to have our own kitchen in school. Excellent healthy school meals are provided by our cook, Miss Tookey, and are available for all pupils. All our children eat together in the dining hall. `a\We value this an important time in our school day, a time when staff and children can be together in a social situation. Children are encouraged to try all dishes offered but are not forced to eat foods they strongly dislike.  Vegetarian and special medical diets can be catered for.

Children who do not have a school meal may bring a packed lunch. We strongly encourage children to stay for a school lunch.

At various times during the year parents and friends are invited to enjoy lunch with us. Parents of new children are welcome to come and sample a meal, if they wish.

A cooked school meal is currently £2.30. It is important that dinner money is paid regularly. It is preferable that payment is made on Parentpay but if this is not possible, cash or a cheque (payable to Pickhill School) will be accepted for the total weekly amount. 

Some children may be eligible for free school meals, details about which are available from the Area Education Office.

A Midday Supervisory Assistant is employed to supervise the children during the lunch break.

Water Bottles 

Each child has a named water bottle, which is available for use throughout the day.


Free School Meals

Free school meals are available to all key stage one pupils and to children whose parents receive certain benefits.

From 1 April 2018 the Government introduced new regulations for people claiming free schools meals who receive Universal Credit. The change means that if your net annual earnings are more than £7,400 you will not be eligible to claim free school meals.

Pupils who received free school meals before 1 April 2018 and pupils who are assessed as eligible after 1 April 2018 will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the universal roll out period, which is expected to be March 2022. This applies even if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria at a subsequent point during the roll out period.

At the end of the Universal Credit roll out period, any existing pupil who no longer meets the eligibility criteria will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary school.

Qualifying for free school meals

To qualify for free school meals you must fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • 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 (£616.67 per month);
  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

Please note that contributions-based benefits, including contribution-related Jobseekers' Allowance do not entitle you to claim free school meals.

Universal free school meals for infants

If your child is in reception, year one or year two they are automatically entitled to a free school meal. Parents who are on benefits and meet the above criteria are still encouraged to  apply for additional funding (pdf / 332 KB), known as pupil premium funding. This benefits the school and helps increase your child's attainment. During the current roll out of Universal Credit if your child is approved for free school meals they will gain 'transitional protection' until at least March 2022.