School Meals Information
At lunchtime pupils can either choose to take a hot school meal or bring their own packed lunch.
Hot meals are cooked on site with the kitchen currently providing around 120 pupils and adult meals. Menus are designed to provide a balanced and healthy diet and we work closely with the Doncaster Schools Catering and Mrs Padfield, our cook, to ensure that the menus also reflect pupils' tastes. Special dietary needs can be catered for and parents are encouraged to discuss their child's needs with the kitchen staff who can be contacted through the school office.
School meals currently cost £12.75 per week payable at the beginning of the week or should you prefer on a half termly basis.Payments should be made on Parent pay or at the School Office.
Pupils choosing to bring a packed lunch are encouraged to make healthy choices, sweets, fizzy drinks and other sugary items are discouraged.
Free School Meals
Free School Meals - did you know?
Just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?
Every child registered on Free School Meals at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Primary School receives funding from the Government called Pupil Premium Funding.
How does it work?
1. First, check if you qualify it is not just if you are unemployed.
2. Registering is really quick and easy if you think you qualify, contact the school office in confidence who will happy to advise you.
3. Your child will receive a free healthy meal at lunchtime, saving you more that £350 a year.
4. If you don't want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal - as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets pupil premium funding for your child.
Please talk to us about registering your child today.
Do you qualify?
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- 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)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.
If you think your child is entitled to free school meals, you need to complete the online registration form on Doncaster Council website, www.doncaster.gov.uk , enter Free School Meals in the search our site box in the top left hand corner and select apply online .
Universal Free School Meals for Key Stage 1
Parents of children in Class 1 and Class 2 (KS1) were advised some time ago about the new government initiative to provide Universal Free School Meals for all children from age 4 to 7 from September 2014. This means that you do not need to pay for school meals – they will be provided.
Food Allergies and Intolerances
Please speak contact school if you have any concerns re the ingredients in your children's meals with regards to the above.The kitchen staff are happy to discuss your concerns.
Any allergies should be notified to school as soon as possible.