Chaffinch Class Assembly - Friday 22nd March 2019 at 9.10am
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Dinner Money Policy


Dinner Money Policy From April 2017

Payment for School Meals
  • The cost of a school meal is currently £2.15 per day = £10.75 per week
  • This is payable in advance
  • Parents/Carers are expected to pay in advance or on a daily basis, (you may pay for longer periods up to a term in advance if more convenient)
  • Parents may pay cash or cheque payable to Hampshire County Council, in a labelled envelope (provided by the school upon request) or online via Scopay
  • If children are absent, their dinner money is credited for the following meal
  • Refunds may only be given, for credits at the end of the term, or if a child is leaving this school to attend another
  • If a child forgets their packed lunch and is given a school meal, parents/carers must pay for that meal on the same day or the following morning at the latest (except for children in receipt of Free School Meals or KS1)

Free School Meals – Key Stage 2

Parents/Carers who are in receipt of certain benefits, may be entitled to Free School Meals. These include:

· Income Support
· Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
· Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
· The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
· Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs 1
· Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
· Universal Credit

Application forms are available from the school office. Parents can also apply online at

Please be aware that all applications for Free School Meals are treated with the strictest confidence.

Universal Free School Meals – Early Years and Key Stage 1

With effect from 1st September 2014, all Key Stage 1 pupils are able to have a school meal at lunchtime, free of charge.

This applies to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, and requires no registration. Each child is entitled to a hot, two course meal at their school which will include a meat or non-meat main item, vegetables, potato, pasta or rice, salad and a dessert.

Please note that this arrangement is subject to current government policy.

Debt Policy

Due to the ever rising costs associated with school meals, the school needs to ensure that all school meals for children are paid for in a timely manner. Unfortunately due to a small number of parents who are not paying in advance or on the day for their child’s school meals and building up large debts on their account, Governors see no other solution than to adopt the following:

· As from 1st April 2017 the school adoptes a strict No debt for longer than one week policy relating to school meals
· Text messages will be sent out to parents once a debt of more than 2 meals has built up on their child’s account and will be asked to pay for those meals as soon as possible.
· No debt of more than one week per child will be allowed to incur before a request to provide a packed lunch is made
· We request that all parents give this policy their full support. If debts are incurred, the school has to pay for the meals eaten. This means that money which should be spent on the children’s education has to be used for debts incurred by parents. No parent would take their child to a restaurant and expect them to be given food without paying – the same applies to school
· If a debt is not cleared, parents/carers must either provide a packed lunch. In a case when a debt payment is not received, nor a packed lunch provided, the school office will telephone the parent or carer asking them to come to school with the money immediately or provide sandwiches for lunch
· If a reasonable arrangement to clear a debt cannot be made, the school reserves the right to forward the debt onto Hampshire County Council Debt Recovery Service which could result in legal proceedings taking place.
· We hope that by implementing this debt policy we are able to help parents manage school dinner money better and ensure that all money that is for children’s learning is available for that purpose