School Lunches

We try to encourage children to lead healthy lifestyles and to help them to understand the importance of a balanced diet and sufficient exercise.

To ensure the wellbeing of children and staff, we have a no nut policy in school!

School Meals

Hot school meals are served every day.

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Universal Infant Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in Reception and KS1 will be entitled to a Free School Meal.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

We encourage all parents who are eligible for the following benefits to apply for Free School Meals even if they are in Reception or KS1. This is because the school receives extra income, currently £1320 per year, which we use to provide additional support for your child. Details of how to apply for free school meals in Dorset can be found by clicking here, or by ringing 01305 221 000

You can register for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Income-Based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • If a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are also entitled to free school meals.

Please see the Pupil Premium Page for more information on the benefits of receiving Free School Meals.

Water

Children are expected to bring a water bottle to use in school and encourage them to drink water regularly. Drinking water is known to promote healthy bodies and alert minds.

Snacks And Fruit

Children in Foundation and Key Stage One are provided with a piece of fruit each day, funded by the National Health Service. Older children are encouraged to bring fruit or vegetables (carrot, celery etc) to eat during morning play (NOT biscuits, crisps or chocolate) Please support us in these efforts to develop healthy eating habits

Packed Lunches

There is a wealth of evidence now about the effect of food on children’s behaviour and concentration. We therefore ask you to please consider carefully what you provide for your child each day if they bring a packed lunch. Sweets are not allowed, but we also discourage chocolate bars and an over-reliance on processed snacks. Sandwiches and fresh fruit are ideal, providing the right kind of energy for your child to make the most of their afternoon in school.

 

Latest News

Open Day Saturday 17th October

OPEN DAY 2020 - Meet and speak to the Head of School and teachers and take a tour of our wonderful school grounds. We look forward to meeting you! Please ensure you contact the school office on 01460 30535 or office@stmarysthorncombe.co.uk to book your space. Social...

Contact Us

If you're interested in a place at our school for your child, please contact the office by phone or email. The deadline for applications for Reception in September 2021 is 15th January 2021. See dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/parents-guide for more information!

New Term at St Mary’s

St Mary's has now reopened and welcomed all our children back for a new school year.