Lunchtimes at School
The school works in collaboration with Alliance in Partnership (AiP) to provide a delicious range of healthy meals which are cooked on the premises. The termly menu can be found on our website.
All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for universal infant free school meals (UIFSMs). Taking up your entitlement to this Universal Free School Meal offer, clearly gives families a substantial saving.
As a health promoting school we strongly encourage parents to take up this offer of a free hot meal for their child. Children who do not have a hot school dinner can bring a healthy packed lunch. Food containers should be clearly marked with your child’s name. We ask for your co-operation in not giving your child fizzy drinks or sweets to bring into school. Glass bottles and cans should not be brought into school for safety reasons. Nuts should not be sent into school. Grapes provided in packed lunches should always be cut in half by a parent/guardian.
Shropshire Health Authority’s advice is that sandwiches may safely be stored on our sandwich trolleys for up to 4 hours. The LA cannot accept responsibility for the storage of food brought into schools by pupils, and parents should ensure that they make appropriate provision.
If your child has been advised by their GP or Health Care Professional to follow a special diet please contact AiP by calling 0121 552 0121. AiP will do their utmost to work with parents and pupils to cater for specific needs.
You can, if you wish, take your child home for lunch however most children enjoy the social time with their friends after lunch and this is a valuable part of their personal, social and emotional development. Our lunchtime supervisor in charge oversees the wellbeing of all children during lunchtime and she reports directly to the executive leadership team. She is assisted by a team of lunchtime supervisors. We welcome parental help in teaching children to use a knife, fork and spoon properly at meal times.
Paying for school meals when your child is in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6):
In Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to 6) the cost of a school meal is currently £2.10
The school does not have any direct involvement in cash collection for school meals. Meals can be paid for termly, half-termly, weekly or on a daily basis. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Alliance in Partnership’. All payment for school meals should be made in advance of the meal being taken
Monies for school meals should be placed in an envelope which is labelled clearly with your child’s name, date and amount of payment and the days meals are required. There is a secure post box within the school hall, adjacent to the servery, where envelopes should be posted. This box is emptied daily by AiP staff who reconcile their orders with monies received.
Alliance In Partnership (AiP) providing the food offer at St Mary's Bluecoat C of E Primary School.
For more information, you can view their website here.
The team on site headed up by: Michelle Downes – Area Manager
Assisted by: Vikki Abraham – Cook
and a dedicated catering team.
Registering for Government Free School Meals
If you believe you may be eligible for Government Free School Meals you can find further details and an application form via the following link https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/free-school-meals/