St Andrew's C of E (VA) Primary

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School MEALS

Our lunch break is from 12 noon to 1.00 pm and children may have a school meal or bring a packed lunch. Children are able to choose either a meat or vegetarian option. We encourage our children to make healthy food choices and ask that packed lunches do not contain sweets or chocolate bars.  A point of safety: No glass bottles please. 

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

School meals are free for all children Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 under the Government Universal Free School Meal (UIFSM) scheme.

Children in Years 3 to 6

School lunches for Years 3 to 6 are priced at £3.15 per day, this will be increasing to £3.30 after Easter.

School meals are ordered on Cypad which is accessed through your School Gateway account. This will allow you to order your child’s meal up to 7 weeks in advance.

Please click on the Schoolgateway logo to access your  account.

Click on lunch money to make or view meal bookings.

  • Meals must be ordered and amended by 8am.
  • The meal options will continue to be on a three-week rotation, and you will see on the App the options that are available for each day. 
  • Any pupils who need the Special Diets Menu will continue to have the same choices as before. The catering staff will ensure that the meal selected is suitable for the child’s diet.

Click here to view the Summer/Autumn 2024 menu

Special Dietary Menu

If your child needs a special dietary menu, you will need to make an application to Herts Catering. Please click in the link below for more information:

https://hcl.co.uk/allergy-overview

Free School Meals (Year 3 and above)

Your child can get a free school meal if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and you don't get more than £16,190 a year)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit (with annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax and not including any benefits you get).

Click below to check your eligibility and apply: 

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/free school meals

Free School Meal Holiday Voucher Scheme

The Department for Work and Pensions is not continuing the funding for these vouchers and so the scheme will END on 31st March 2024. You may be invited if funds allow, to access a last, smaller value voucher for the Easer holiday period, but the scheme will then close.

If you do not meet the criteria for free school meals but need some support to buy food or pay household bills, help is available. Contact HertsHelp for advice and practical support – call 0300 123 4044, email info@hertshelp.net or visit www.hertshelp.net.

You can also find further information around support at Hertfordshire County Council hereHelp to manage the cost of living | Hertfordshire County Council