School Meals

St. Joe's Chef

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School is fortunate to be one of the few schools in South Buckinghamshire to be able to offer hot school lunches to the children. In 2011, the kitchen was refurbished and has become a "hub kitchen" from where hot meals are supplied to a number of other local primary schools.

Fondly called "St. Joe's Chef", we are very proud of the kitchen staff who produce a wide variety of good quality, healthy food which we are able to offer our children and other schools.

The cost of lunch per day is currently £2.10. School lunches are paid for online using Parent Pay, where it is also possible for you to view your child's choice of lunch. The children have a number of options, including a vegetarian meal, jacket potato and a salad bar.

Reception year pupils are escorted in for lunch first, with 15 minute intervals before the next year group lines up for food. Midday Supervisor Assistants help the younger ones to cut up their food and eat well.

Those who choose to bring in packed lunches also sit in the KS2 (Junior) hall and can mix with their friends who may have hot meals. Packed lunches should be in a named container. Please do not include sweets, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks in your childs lunch box. For reasons of safety we are unable to allow the use of glass bottles or cans. Plastic bottles or cartons of drink are perfectly acceptable.

Please see  menu's on the download section below.

 

 

Are you entitled to Free School Meals?

All mainstream schools in Buckinghamshire have an obligation to provide free school meals to eligible children that attend full time. Parents must apply directly to the school if they consider their child/children eligible to receive these meals. Eligibility is judged against the level of benefits that the applying parent/carer is entitled to.

If parents are in receipt of any of the qualifying benefits (see eligibility below) or have applied for them, then they should complete the application form for Free School Meal Provision. The school can then process your application. This form must be returned to the school at the beginning of each academic year (or when they enroll into the school).

Once you have returned an application form the school inform the Local Authority (LA) of your details. The LA will then check the pupils eligiblity through the DfE Eligibility Checking Service website. They will then advise the school as to the eligibility of a pupil.

Under the current regulations only children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of any of the following will be entitled to Free School Meals.

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • An Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit - unless you meet any of the following criteria
  •            i. entitled to working tax credit (regardless of income)
  •            ii. have an annual income in excess of £16,190 (this figure changes every April)
  • Support under section VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Guarantee element of State Pension credit (GE)

It is important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch – this is so that we can receive additional funding (called the Pupil Premium) which we can use to help your child.

Please see the application form for Free School Meals on the download section below.