School meals at Penpol School are provided by Aspens.
Healthy eating menus are planned on a three-week cycle and change in line with the seasons, offering an autumn, spring and summer menu. The current price of a school meal is £2.53 per day for Juniors.
School meals are ordered online from the Aspens website and parents will be given a unique login to order meals. You will be able to choose if they want the vegetarian option, or for example, a jacket potato or the main dish of the day. You will then pay for this meal online. Instead of paying for each meal individually, you can if you would prefer load up your Aspens account with a pot of money (say £30) and use this balance to pay for meals. All Infant children who are entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal and any children who have a Pupil Premium free school meal entitlement, will also need to have their meals ordered online in advance. The system will be clever enough to know that no payment will be required for these meals!
Meals can be ordered before 9am on a daily basis or weekly, monthly or termly in advance.
If your child requires a special menu, it is really important that you complete the Aspens Special Diets/Allergy Form. This can be found further down this page in the Documents section.
Penpol School is a Healthy School and we are very keen to encourage and to teach the children about how they can lead a healthy lifestyle. In Foundation Stage and KS1 all children are provided with a piece of fruit or vegetable for their mid-morning snack. KS2 children can bring their own fresh fruit or vegetable snack to eat during early morning break.
All children should have a bottle of water with a non-spill top in class that they may drink from during the day.
We encourage all children to eat healthily at lunchtime to ensure they are alert and ready to learn in the afternoon.
Crisps, chocolate, cereal bars and other fatty or processed foods should only be an occasional treat if you decide to provide a packed lunch.
The school has a no nut policy. This includes peanut butter in sandwiches as we have a number of children with serious nut allergies.
Guidelines and ideas for healthy packed lunches are available – Healthier Packed Lunch for Children
Free School Meals
EYFS and Key Stage 1
From September 2014 all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England should be offered a free school meal (UIFSM). This includes academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision as well as maintained schools.
Key Stage 2
In England, children at Key Stages 2-4 in state-funded schools are entitled to receive FSM if their parents or carers are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
Regardless of what year your child is in, if you are entitled to free school meals it is very important that you still apply. In doing this you will attract more funding for your child.
Please contact the Office for further details.