Cardwell Primary School

Cardwell Primary School

Mutual respect, resilience, responsibility, tolerance and perseverance

Learning for life

School Meals

Autumn menu 2019/2020

School Dinners

The cost of a school dinner for Key Stage 2 children is £2.60 per day; £13.00 per week. This needs to be paid a week in advance on SIMS Pay. If you are unable to maintain the cost of school dinners please make an appointment to see the Executive Headteacher or Head of School to enable them to find a way to help support you and your child/children.

Universal Free School Meals

The Government introduced Universal Free School meals in September 2014 for all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2. Parents can still apply for Free School Meals as this means more funding for the school. (See below)

Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

The ‘Free School Meals/Pupil Premium Service’ will be a website where parents can quickly and easily check eligibility for free school meals and; if eligible, also gain welcome additional funding for their child’s school, known as ‘Pupil Premium’. If eligible, you are not obliged to accept the free school meals for your child if you wish to make other arrangements, but we do want to encourage applications, as the additional funding gained would still benefit education provision at the school.

What the service does for parents:

After entering essential details into the web site, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify the school.

This system is being provided to encourage parents to apply and take advantage of free school meals while at the same time increasing the benefit to schools from Pupil Premium funding, a substantial amount of which does not reach schools because not all parents who are eligible apply for free meals for their child.

By way of a ‘thank you’ to parents for taking part, and regardless of individual outcomes, The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) would like to provide parents of children attending LGfL – connected schools with Sophos Anti-Virus software, free of charge, to protect the computers used by pupils at home.

To gain access to this software there is a short registration process, which will also give, you access, if required, to other LGfL services and benefits that are available to your child’s school. Please be assured there is no catch, no cost and no advertising. LGfL (a UK education charity set up in 2001 and owned by London’s 33 local authorities) exists to support education and is leading this initiative to make it easier for parents to apply for free school meals and to encourage the drawdown of unclaimed Pupil Premium.

What the services does for schools:

As the government has now introduced free school meals for all children in Key Stage 1, it is more important than ever for schools to know the number of pupils for whom they can claim Pupil Premium funding. These funds enable schools to take on additional staff and invest in additional equipment, resources and activities to benefit all children.

Please visit and enter the necessary details and support this worthwhile initiative. When making an application please include ALL children under the age 11 (regardless of their year group or dinner arrangements) living at your home address.

If you need an application form for Free School Meals or more information please contact the school office. 

Packed Lunches

We are a Sugar Smart, Healthy School. Please bear this in mind if you provide a packed lunch for your child. You are welcome to book an appointment with our inclusion officers if you wish to ask questions about healthy, balanced packed lunches. Please note that if your child forgets their packed lunch we will provide a school dinner.

Please click on the link below for inspirational packed lunch ideas.School Lunchbox