Here at St Nicholas we very much encourage our pupils to have school lunches as they provide all the energy and nutrients they need to learn, grow and play. In addition, having school lunches gives children the opportunity to practise important life skills.
Our school lunches are provided by Lancashire County Commercial Group (LCCG) and are all freshly prepared in our school kitchen. We serve what is called their 'Fresher Plus' menu which - as you might guess from the name - uses lots of fresh ingredients, many of which are locally sourced. In 2015, LCCG were awarded the Soil Association's Food for Life Silver Catering Mark, in recognition of the work they do in making their service as good as possible. You can find out more about LCCG's lunches on their website by clicking here.
All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school lunches under the government's Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme. However, to make sure the school is funded as well as possible, we still need parents to register for free school meals if they are eligible. To see if your child qualifies for free school meals, click here.
For pupils in Years 3-6 (Key Stage 2) who don't qualify for free school meals, the cost of our lunches is just £2.10 per meal. Payment for school lunches is made on ParentPay; we ask that meals are paid for in advance. We ask for a week's notice if your child wishes to swap to or from school lunches.
The exception to this rule is 'Friday Favourites' and promotion lunches, which we have approximately once a month. The Friday Favourite scheme means that any child in school can have a school lunch on a Friday; they just need to tell their class teacher on the day (normal charges apply).
Since September 2015, in response to feedback from our pupils, we have been running a lunch ordering system for our Key Stage 2 pupils. Every Friday, the children who have school lunches choose which meals they want the following week; these lists are then sent to the school office who collate total numbers of each meal for each day. Copies of the lists are sent back to classrooms so that the children can check on the day which meal they have ordered.
We like to make our school lunches available to all our pupils, so if your child has any food allergies, please speak to someone in the school office about this.
If you would like your child to start having school lunches, or if you have any questions about them, please contact the school office.