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We are very proud of our school meals at Pensford. They contribute significantly to our 'Happiness' value! As a small school we are particularly fortunate that all our meals are still cooked on-site from scratch by our wonderful chef. She works for Edwards and Ward, our meals providers. We chose Edwards and Ward because they are passionate about involving children in meals, and learning about food, as well as just providing them with a tasty lunch. You can find out more about Edwards and Ward on a 1-page profile they've given us.
We are grateful to all those parents and children of all ages who continue to take up school meals because only with their support can this arrangement continue to be funded.
As you might expect, all the dishes produced by Edwards and Ward Meals Service meet the Government's Nutritional Standards and are analysed using the 'SAFFRON Nutritional Analysis System'. Details of the recommended portion sizes are here and Edwards and Ward stick to these.
The Edwards and Ward menus have been compiled to offer children an imaginative range of interesting dishes.
- Quorn - a quality, purely vegetarian alternative source of protein to meat is used in our menus.
- Free range eggs from a local farm are always used.
- All pork meets RSPCA standards and all other meat meets the Red Tractor, Farm Assured standard.
- Special Diet Requests - We can cater for pupils with food intolerance. Please contact us on 01761 490470 for further details.
Free School Meals Information
Your guide to free school meals
Free School Meals are available to children whose parents are in receipt of:
- 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)
- Income Support
- Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (WITHOUT Working Tax Credit) and have and annual household income (as assessed by HMRC) below £16,190
- Run-on Working Tax Credit which is only paid for 4 weeks after you STOP qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under PartV1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Further information can be obtained from https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals .
It is important that children register for Free School Meals if their parent/guardian receives any of the eligible benefits. Registering for Free School Meals attracts additional funding for your school and may also qualify children for additional financial support for other activities eg:- School Trips. Although it is recommended the child eats the meal, this is optional and parents/guardians should register regardless of whether or not the child wants a meal.
Free School Meals are available for children who attend Local Authority maintained schools and Academies including 6th formers and nursery pupils that attend these schools.
Parents need to make an official application to receive Free School Meals for their children, but while their application is being processed schools have the discretion to issue TEMPORARY COVER. This temporary cover should last for a maximum period of TWO WEEKS and if authorisation is not received from this office at the end of this time please ensure that no further Free School Meals are taken. It is the Schools responsibility to keep a record of any temporary cover issued.
Packed lunch information
While we do not want to tell parents how to feed their own children(!), we do have a couple of guidelines for packed lunches.
The first is for safety reasons, and is that products containing nuts must not be sent into school:
Pensford Primary School is a nut-free school. This is to ensure the safety of our children and to support the needs of the several pupils who have nut allergies which require an Epi-pen. Following medical advice, we have banned all nut and nut products, including Nutella, as well as many other chocolate spreads, and pesto.
Secondly, we ask parents to support children's learning about healthy eating in one simple way: Please include a maximum of one 'treat' item (something high in sugar content) per meal. We have a safeguarding duty to ensure that children's wellbeing is prioritised. So if we do notice children being supplied with consistently unhealthy meals, we would be expected to talk to parents about this.
Thank you for your vigilance and support. The health and well-being of all our children is a priority.
Please let the school know if your child has any dietary requirements.
See our nut free policy in full