Northdown and Principals are strong believers in working together to ensure all students are supported and encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle and are provided with well balanced food choices.
All Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are entitled to a free school meal under the government legislation 'Universal Infant Free School Meal' (UIFSM). If you claim certain benefits though your child will be entitled to free school meals and the school will be paid a 'pupil premium'. If your child is in KS1 and is entitled to a free school meal under the benefit system please still bring in recent proof as the government provides the school with an extra £1,200 per child. This allows the school to provide a great opportunity for your child/ren to attend a wide range of trips and for us to purchase many educational resources.
If you are entitled to any benefits such as Child Tax Credit (without working tax credit) or Income Support the School will need to check every quarter to ensure your claim is still valid. If you have any queries please speak to a member of the office team.
Any Key Stage 2 students who are not eligible for a free school meal must pay for any dinner they have in advance. This can be done by visiting the principals website https://meals.principals-catering.com/accounts/sign_in where you can pay by credit/debit card or Paypal. You can also pay directly to the Class Teacher by putting the dinner money in an envelope with your child’s/ren names on and the amount inside. Each school dinner is £2.15 or you can pay £10.75 for the full week. (Please note: Change will be unavailable. Please pay the correct amount or you can pay more, this will then be credited forward).
You can however, as always provide your child with a home packed lunch. School packed lunches are also available at school (these cost the same price as a school dinner).
If you have any questions or queries regarding school meals then please contact the School Office on 01843 226077.