As of September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for Free School Meals.
We do advise however that if you are in receipt of certain government benefits, you still apply for Free School Meals through the local council. By applying for Free School Meals, you are ensuring that the school receives vital Pupil Premium Funding for your child, which will aid us in being able to provide the best teaching, resources and provisions within school, helping raise standards of attainment and achievement.
To find out more about Universal Free School Meals and applying for Free School Meals and eligibility, please click the button below.
Children will be offered a free school lunch if their parent is receiving any of the welfare benefits listed below.
· Income Support
· income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
· income-related Employment and Support Allowance
· Child Tax Credit – provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
· Universal Credit
· the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
· support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Registering for free meals could raise an extra £1,300 for your child’s school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the welfare benefits listed above. It is therefore important to sign up for free school meals, even if your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2, so that your child’s school receives as much funding as possible.
You only need to complete the form once and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at their current school.
To see if you’re eligible for Free School Meals, visit www.thurrock.gov.uk/school-meals/free-school-meals and complete the form online. .
At Thameside Primary, school dinners are prepared in school everyday and children order what they would like for lunch that day from the menu each morning. There is always a vegetarian option and we are able to cater for a range of dietary requirements. If this is something about which you would like to enquire further, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
The cost of school dinners is £2.10 per child, per day. We encourage payment for School Meals via our online payment method SimsAgora. We ask that all payments are made in advance on Mondays.
Alternatively, if you wish to pay cash, please send dinner money to school in a sealed envelope, labelled with how much the envelope contains, your child's name and what the enclosed money is for.