We believe that lunchtime should be one of the highlights of the day for everyone at Bousfield.
Through our provision of a healthy, well-balanced meal we want to help children gain a real appreciation of good quality food and why healthy food is important. However, we also understand that some children choose to bring in their own lunch.
Paying for lunch
These meals are £2.30 per day/£11.50 per week, or free of charge if your child is in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 (Government's Universal Infant Free School Meal policy) or entitled to free school meals. Juniors also bring in their own mid-morning snack (i.e., fruit or vegetable).
The school notifies all parents and carers of the option to change their child's choice - school meal or packed lunch from home. This occurs by the end of term for changes to be made in the next term (e.g., to change for the summer term (starting April), you are given the chance in March to notify the school).
Bousfield is a no nut school
Parents can find out more about our guidance on packed lunches below. A gentle reminder that Bousfield is a 'no nut school' - this includes any food or drink brought to the school (e.g., before/during/after school, school trips, parent bake sales or other FoB events).
Free school meals are available to those children whose parents are in receipt of one or more of certain government benefits.
The COVID-19 lockdown has affected every family in different ways. In some cases, financial circumstances have changed dramatically. The government’s Free School Meals scheme is still running and instead of a hot meal, the school is able to provide supermarket vouchers.
Your child may be eligible for a free school meal if you receive any of the following:
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)
The Lunchtime Company provides our delicious and nutritious school meals are provided. The kitchen team prepare all meals on-site every day using locally sourced - where possible - fresh ingredients every day.
Children are offered a wonderful choice of hot food, fresh vegetables, freshly baked bread, fresh fruit, yoghurt, jacket potatoes… there really is something for everyone! Provision is made for children who are vegetarian or who require a halal meal. Take a peek yourself below!
We encourage the children to eat school lunch, especially the younger ones, as we believe it is important to have a hot meal at lunchtime.
Packed lunches can contribute to almost a third of a child’s weekly food intake and therefore need to be balanced and nutritious. Our aim is to ensure that packed lunches brought in from home reflect the standards for school meals.
The contents of lunchboxes can be extremely unhealthy and may contain foods with high levels of fat, sugar and salt, and very few fruit and vegetables.
Ideally, children’s packed lunches should include items from the 5 main food groups;
Bread, Rice, Potatoes, Pasta
These starchy foods are a healthy source of energy. Packed lunches should include 2 or more portions eg pasta salad, sandwich.
Fruit and Vegetables
These foods provide vitamins, minerals and fibre. Lunches should include at least 1 portion of fruit and 1 portion of vegetables / salad, or more e.g. carrot/cucumber sticks, cherry tomatoes, a piece of fruit.
These foods provide calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Include 1 portion at lunch e.g. yoghurt or fromage frais.
Meat, Fish, Eggs, Beans
These foods provide protein for growth. Packed lunches should include 1 portion of these foods e.g. boiled egg as filling in sandwich, mixed bean salad.
Only water should be included in packed lunches. There are jugs of water on the lunch tables for children to help themselves.
Please do NOT include the following items in a packed lunch
Fizzy Pop/Fruit shoots
A choice of only one of the following is recommended per day:
A cake bar
Packet of crisps
***DO NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING CONTAINING NUTS - BOUSFIELD IS A NUT FREE SCHOOL**