School Meals

All pupils in Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) in state funded schools in England, are entitled to receive a FREE school lunch through the introduction of the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) policy.

The independent School Food Plan, published by the Department for Education in July 2013, recommended this policy based on the findings of the free school meals pilots held between 2009 and 2011. The pilots showed that universal free school meals can have significant benefits both for individual children and for the broader life of the school. Pupils in the pilot areas were found to eat more healthily and perform better academically. Schools also reported improved behaviour and atmosphere, as a result of all pupils eating together every day.

At Great Tey Primary School hot school meals are freshly cooked on the premises every day for children in KS1 and for children in KS2 at a cost of £2.40 per meal.  The children have great fun planning their menus, which rotate on a three week cycle.  There will be a vegetarian option and meat option available each day.   

The choices for school meals can be viewed here.

The calendar showing the 3 week cycle for menus can be viewed here.

Further information about our school meals can be obtained from Mrs Wakeling in the school office.

Hot school meals are free to all pupils in Acorn class (reception, Y1 and Y2) and are also available for children in Years 3 and above, at a cost of £2.40 per day. You may be eligible for free school meals. To be eligible you must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190 (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit)
  • Pension Guarantee Credit;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

To apply for free school meals go online to www.essex.gov.uk/educationawards or request an application form by calling 0345 6032200.