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Food & Welfare


Lunch Time

The School’s caterers, ISS Caterhouse Ltd, offer a daily choice of meals. Various drinks, including milk, are also sold as extras. Drinking water is available to the children throughout the day.

A sample menu is available from the school. Meals can be paid for daily or in advance at the beginning of each week or half term. Parents claiming income support are entitled to free school meals for their children. Please contact the School Office for details.

Parents who prefer may send their child to school with a packed lunch. In the interests of health and safety, glass bottles, cans, sweets or fizzy drinks should not be brought into school.

Foundation Stage Milk and Fruit

Free milk is provided. If your child does not drink milk then water is available.

Your child may bring in a named plastic bottle of drinking water to enable them to have drinks during the course of the day. They may refill their bottle as necessary as there is always drinking water available in school. Please do not bring other drinks from home.

We encourage the children to have fresh fruit as a snack during the session, this is also provided free of charge.

Full-time children can buy a school lunch or bring a packed lunch. Please note that we do not allow sweets or fizzy drinks in school.

Children’s Welfare

Health Matters

Please inform the school if your child has any health problems that we should know about, e.g. diabetes, asthma, etc.


School Nurse

We have a school nurse, who works very closely with the school and is always happy to advise parents. She may be contacted via the School Office.

Medicines in School

If your child needs to take medication prescribed by a doctor during school hours you should complete a ‘Permission to Dispense’ form, available from the School Office. All medicine should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and given to the office staff with the completed form. The school is unable to allow un-prescribed medicines or remedies to be administered.

Accidents at School

When a child feels unwell or has a minor injury, such as a graze, they are sent to the School Office where the appropriate treatment will be given by a trained first aider. If necessary the parent is contacted when it is felt the child should go home. In the event of a serious accident, the parents are contacted immediately. Should such contact not be possible the school will contact the Ambulance Service or take the child to hospital. In such cases the child will be accompanied by a member of staff and continued attempts made to contact either parent. The member of staff will remain with the pupil until the parent arrives. It is therefore vital to update the school with emergency contact numbers. There are two staff qualified under the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

Safety around the School

We welcome your support in teaching your child to observe the following:

  • to stay off all grassed areas, trees and flowerbeds

  • to keep off walls, railings, roofs and fences

  • to keep away from the pond

  • to keep off the adventure playground

  • to take extra care in the car park

The playing fields and conservation area are only for use during school hours, under staff supervision.

Access to the school site outside school hours is only permitted through pre-arranged activities.

Supervision of Children

If you bring or collect your child, you must supervise any other children with you at all times. You should ensure that they stay close to you and observe the instructions listed under Safety around the School.