At New Chapter Primary School children have the following lunchtime options:
Eat a school meal
Bring a packed lunch
New Chapter School is part of the Milton Keynes Education Trust family of schools and we know that an important element of the school day is the lunchtime meal. With this very much in mind, we have contracted with the Chartwells catering company to operate a freshly cooked on site meals service at New Chapter.
Two course meals using locally sourced ingredients freshly cooked at New Chapter School;
Speciality breads freshly baked at New Chapter School;
A salad cart with salad options;
A fresh fruit and yoghurt bar.
School meals are available for your child via an online ordering service (ParentPay) at a cost of £2.00 per day and you can chose which days you would like to order (£10.00 per week). There are options of a main meal, vegetarian meal, jacket potato, vegetarian packed lunch or meat packed lunch and a choice of fruit, yoghurt or pudding for dessert. Menus are updated on the ParentPay website twice a year (April and October). Once your child has started school, a letter will be issued to you with your log on information and details on how to order. If you have misplaced these details, please speak to the school office for assistance. Online orders need to be completed by midnight on Thursday each week in order to ensure your child’s meal order is processed for the following week (any meals placed after the cut off for the week will not be processed). Please note that all orders will need to be accompanied by payment if your child is not entitled to free school meals. Making a payment is a straightforward process and for security your card details will be stored on the system.
All children in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a universal free school meal and these can be ordered in the same way as above but no money needs to be paid (once you go to the checkout page on ParentPay it will show as a zero value).
Free school meals are available for families receiving income support. For further information please see below. There is also a cancellation service. If you need to cancel an order due to your child being off sick, you must call Chartwells Customer Care Line on 01908 615705 every day that your child is absent before 9am in order to receive a credit. The credit will be given from the second day of absence onwards via parentpay.
Packed lunches must be brought into school in a lunch box, clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please provide your child with a soft drink in a plastic drinks container. Fizzy drinks and glass containers MUST NOT be brought into school. If you wish your child to have a yoghurt, please provide a spoon (our caterers only provide cutlery for those children having a school meal). Children should not bring chocolate bars to school but a small chocolate type biscuit (i.e kitkat) is acceptable. If your child likes their fruit cut up, please send it to school already cut, as we cannot allow knives to be brought into school. A box is placed in reception for late lunch boxes to be dropped off.
APPLYING FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- 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)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be entitled to receive free school meals.
A new Citizen Portal has been launched to help you find out if your child qualifies for free school meals. Please visit it to sign up, even if your child is in EYFS, Year 1 or 2 and receiving universal free school meals, or if you have applied before and do not think you are eligible. In doing so, you will help us to find out whether we can claim Pupil Premium for your child. This is additional funding to spend on resources such as extra staff, books or school trips for eligible children.
The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via a smartphone or hand held device. If you qualify, you will receive a reference number that you simply bring in and show us at school to start receiving meals. Please register at:
If you need help speak to the Office.