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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, Mrs Medcraft. 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'.
Even more than that, our fresh foods are locally sourced and our cook, Sarah, chooses the freshest locally sourced produce every week from fresh-range to prepare our delicious menus. Edwards and Ward use red tractor or farm assured meats in all schools and also use fair trade products. All fish products meet 'Marine Stewardship Council' Standards (MSC)
We are delighted that we can offer this quality, which of course comes FOR FREE for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Even in the older years, where parents pay for meals, it's hard to imagine where else you could get a roast dinner (for example) of this quality for £2.75!
Our 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.