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Lunchtime Arrangements

Children can either bring a packed lunch or have a hot school lunch, which currently costs £2.80 and is both ordered and paid for online via the Aspens Select Website. 

Since September 2014 ALL Keystage 1 children (years R, 1 & 2) are offered school lunch FREE OF CHARGE and we would encourage parents to take advantage of this.  These meals will still need to be ordered in advance and online.


We ask parents not to include nuts or nut related products (e.g. peanut butter) in lunchboxes as they pose potential risks to health with a number of children in school having serious nut allergies.

Children are provided with water at lunchtime

Please note that fizzy drinks, thermos flasks and glass bottles or containers of any kind are not allowed in school.


Food for Aspens school meals continues to be locally sourced wherever possible and Aspens are committed to the healthy agenda and to providing high quality food.


Free School Meals Eligibility

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2023.


Applying for Free School Meals

There is an online service, where you can check your own eligibility for free school meals, or you can check on behalf of someone else.

To complete a check you will need the following information for yourself, or the person you are checking on behalf of:

  • Name, home address and email address.

  • National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service reference number.

  • Child's name, date of birth and school. 

    Find out if your child is eligible for free school dinners by following this link:

     Free School Meals

    or pop into the school office and see Mrs Aitken