Our school lunches are provided by a company called Dolce. It is a family business with a genuine interest in the welfare of children. Their belief is that pupils should be given a freshly prepared, filling and nutritious lunch using locally sourced ingredients. A two course lunch costs £2.30.
Dolce operate a cashless system called ‘LiveKitchen’ which offers fantastic flexibility for parents.
Benefits for you & your child
In September 2014 the government introduced a new initiative to all schools in England; Universal Free School Meals (UIFSM). This initiative enables all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to receive a free school meal every day. The initiative does not apply to children in Nursery, Year 3 and Year 4 however, you may be eligible for 'traditional' Free School Meals (FSM) - please see the information below.
Did you know that just by registering your child for free school meals Stobhillgate will receive extra money?
Pupil premium is money that is given to schools to help close the attainment gap between different groups of pupils (for more detailed information, see our section on Pupil Premium). The vast majority of pupil premium funding is allocated to schools for each student who is registered for free school meals. Since April 2012 this has included any child who has been registered for FSM at any time in the last 6 years. The amount we currently receive for each child is £1,300. An additional sum of money is also paid for any pupils who are 'looked after' or whose parents are in the armed forces.
We are keen for everyone who is eligible to register for free school meals to do so. If you are registered you may also get help with the cost of other activities such as music tuition or educational visits as well as saving over £350 a year on dinners. Even if you don't want your child to have a free meal as long as you qualify and are registered we still get the funding for school.
You are likely to be eligible if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
To apply simply complete the on-line form at http://www.northumberland.gov.uk or call Free School Meals at County Hall on 0845 600 6400. For more information, you can also speak to Mrs Ewart or Mrs Petts in the school office.