At Longthorpe Primary School we believe every child should have the opportunity to receive a healthy, balanced meal. Our catering is provided by Taylor Shaw.
Reception, Years 1 & 2 children are entitled to a free school dinner under the Universal Infant Free School Meal Scheme.
Children in Year 3-6 can preorder a cooked school meal for the cost of £2.50 per meal, or £12.50 for a full week’s meals. All school meals must be booked via our online system, LunchHound and paid for in advance via ParentPay, where payment is required. Please contact the school office for assistance in accessing the systems.
If your child requires a medical diet due to a food allergy, food intolerance or a medical condition that requires an adapted menu (e.g. carbohydrate count for Type 1 Diabetes), please follow this link to request a medical diet: https://orders.lunchhound.co.uk/medicaldiets/request
Free school meals
Since September 2014, state funded schools in England have been required by law to provide free lunches to pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2, who are not otherwise entitled to benefits-related free school meals. Like other school meals, universal infant free school meals must meet school food standards in maintained schools; similarly academies and free schools are required to comply with the standards by virtue of their funding agreements, with the exception of a proportion that we expect to comply voluntarily.
Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below.
- Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding
- £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
How Do I Apply for Free School Meals?
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim by using the online form www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
A paper copy of the application form can be obtained from your school if you do not have access to the internet.
The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods.
If you are eligible you will be notified straight away and your school will also be updated. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.
I am currently claiming free school meals – what does this mean for me?
Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school meals, but don’t meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit.
The roll-out period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.