Free School Meals
We want all parents and carers at Manland to get the support they are entitled to.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
Under the Government’s ‘Universal Free School Meal’ scheme, all children get a free lunch at school if they’re in Reception class, Year 1 or Year 2.
If you register, Manland could get extra funding (called ‘Pupil Premium’) to pay for additional staff time, extra computers, books and trips.
Children in Year 3 or older
If you have a child in Year 3 or above, your child is entitled to a free school meal if you are in receipt of certain benefits.
In addition to free school meals, children in Year 3 or above might be entitled to extra help.
The school office is happy to make free school meal applications on your behalf – just contact us on 01582 713452 or email the office.
At Manland, we follow the Herts Catering choice menu for our school lunches. This means that each day, pupils can choose between a meat or vegetarian meal, a jacket potato option or a sandwich choice. Children are also able to bring in their own packed lunches from home if they would rather. The cost of a school dinner is currently £3.40 per day.
For children with food allergies or intolerance, special procedures are put in place to ensure they are not in contact with those foods. Please ensure that Herts catering are aware of such issues so that they can use this to prepare suitable lunches for your child. The school office can provide further support with this, if needed.
The following foods should not be brought into school:
• Peanuts, peanut butter and other products containing peanuts
• Nutella / Chocolate spreads containing nuts
• Pesto containing nuts – Please check the ingredients carefully. Many popular products contain cashew nuts, other nuts and products which are not permitted in school.
• Packs of nuts
• Fruit and cereal bars that contain nuts, peanuts or sesame e.g. tracker bars
• Sesame seeds or products containing sesame
Thank you for your understanding with this.
Please refer to the Herts Catering website for further information about school meals, including how to apply for a special menu: https://hcl.co.uk/allergy-overview
You can pay for your school meals via the School Gateway.