Ponsbourne St Mary's Church Of England Primary School

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School Meals and Milk

School Meals

Menus have been sent home for you to review the daily food choices, these comply with Government guidelines. If your child has a medically-diagnosed food allergy or intolerance; please contact Karen in the school office who will advise the school cooks. She will need to discuss and see recent medical evidence before any meals are taken.

If you decide to provide a packed lunch, the food must be brought into school in a named lunch box. Please ensure your child brings a healthy lunch, e.g. sandwiches, pasta, rice and fruit. We have the Healthy Schools accreditation and encourage healthy eating. The school does not have facilities for refrigerating packed lunches.

Click on the link below for ideas - how to prepare a healthy lunch 


 Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see the current school dinner menu. Please speak to the school office staff if you wish to change your child's dinner preferences.


Applying for Free School Meals  

We would like to help eligible children and families to get the support they are entitled. Every child that registers for free school meals generates income for their school via Pupil Premium from which their child benefits.

We would ask you to register even if your child is an infant entitled to free school meals, as this will ensure the school receives the Pupil Premium funding for your child plus milk (if applicable).

You can apply for free school meals:

online at www.hertsdirect.org/freeschoolmeals

If you receive one of the following benefits, you could be eligible for free school meals.

• Income support

• Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• Child Tax Credit with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in

receipt of Working Tax Credit

• Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)

• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after employment

finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week.

 For more information visit the Herts Direct website.



Children in Reception, Year 1 & 2 are provided a mid morning snack of fruit each day free of charge.

If KS2 children wish to bring a snack they may bring into school a piece of fruit .


School Milk
School milk is free for all nursery children and those under age five who are in infant classes. It is subsidised for pupils aged five or older, costing parents/carers around £15.00 - £20.00 per term (depending on the length of the term). The office staff will send letters out to parents each term. 

If your child is registered for free school meals, milk will be provided without charge, Please let the office staff know if your child does not wish to have milk.