Dinner Money

Eversley Primary School Dinner Money Policy

Children can order school hot or cold dinners daily. Meals should be paid for on the day that they are ordered.

If debts are incurred, the school budget has to pay for them. This means that money which should be spent on the children’s education has to be used to pay for debts incurred by parent/s. The school budget cannot support this debt.

The following information explains what will happen if any debts are incurred:

Stage 1

If a child incurs debts for unpaid dinner money, the school will write to the parent/s midweek to let them know the debt that has accumulated. This letter will ask the parent/s to pay the debt within the next week.

If you need to discuss any problems with the school regarding the debt then please come to school and discuss this immediately.

Stage 2

If the parent/s does not pay the debt and a total of £10.00 is owed (equivalent to one weeks dinner money), a further letter will be sent. This letter will ask parent/s to pay the debt by a specified date and ask them to either:

  • provide a packed lunch from home for the child, or
  • collect their child and take them home for lunch each day

Stage 3

If the parent/s still does not pay the debt by the specified date, a meeting will be held in school to discuss how the debt can be paid and actions to be taken.

Stage 4

If the parent/s does not comply with any of these options, the Headteacher will send a final letter explaining that the school will begin proceedings against the parent to recover the debt.

Any questions?

Please do come into school if you have any questions or queries about your child’s school meals or if you would like to know the balance of you account.

Free school meals

It is important for children to have a good nutritious meal at lunch time. If you can’t afford school dinners you may be eligible for free school meals.

To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:

  • income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190 (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit)
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

To apply for free schools meals please complete the online application form available at www.essex.gov.uk.

If you are eligible for free school meals, and your circumstances change in any way (such as changing address or school, and registering another child) you will need to contact the Team viaeducationawards@essex.gov.uk to advise the team of these changes.

Please note that from September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to receive a free school meal, regardless of income, in line with the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative. There is no need to make an application to the Local Authority for parents of these children.

Therefore you should only apply for free school meals in the July of the year that your child is entering Year 3, or if your child is Year 4 or older if you believe you meet the low income eligibility criteria.

Please come to the office for more information.