Our catering company is Independent Catering, they use a cashless system, no cash is accepted.
Payment for school meals must be made only online in advance using our Arbor App. You should have received an email regarding the Arbor App, if not please contact the school office for a another link.
Children will be able to choose their menu option at registration each day and will be given a coloured band (to distinguish dietary requirements) and your account will be deducted automatically, school meals currently cost £2.41 per day.
This Term's Menu
Please spend time with your child looking at the weekly cycle menus:
The Chef's Zone
Independent Catering have created a series of fantastic, informative and fun videos that show how some of their meals are created and how you can make them to!
In the first video, Chef Rad shows you how Independent Catering cook their delicious Cupcakes.
There are many more that can be found here
Free School Meals & Universal Free School Meals
All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be entitled to receive universal free school meals. The government made this decision after a recommendation in the School Food Plan. Even if your child has taken up the universal free school meals, if your family is in receipt of any of the benefits listed below, please also apply for free school meals from the Kent County Council website here.
Registering could raise an extra £1,300 per year for your child’s school to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or subsidise after school activities. If your child is in year 3 and above, you can also apply for free school meals in the normal way here if your family is in receipt of any of these benefits.
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit
Should you require any assistance please contact our Family Support Team. This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the above benefits. It is therefore important to sign up for free school meals, even if your child is in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, so that we receive as much funding as possible.
Food Allergies & Special Dietary Needs
If your child has any food allergies or special dietary needs, please do inform the school office by email, or you can add a dietary requirement through the Arbor App.