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School Meals

Lighthouse school meals are provided by an external provider and run on a 3-week cycle.

Menus

Links to menus will be updated here

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

 

Ordering Meals

Parents/Carers will be sent an electronic form to complete for the 3-week cycle. If your child would like a mixture of school meals and packed lunch, this can be indicated on the form. We encourage all students to try school meals and are flexible with changing meal choices if needed.

Occasionally, school has themed meal days, for example American Diner, Chinese New Year, Christmas Dinner. All students, regardless of whether they normally have a school meal, are invited to participate.

 

How to pay for food

School meals cost £2.80 per meal, per student.

Lighthouse School operates a cashless payment system. School meals can be paid for using the ParentPay system. Parents/carers will be sent individual account details when their child starts at Lighthouse School. If you have any queries regarding your account, please contact the school office via e-mail: admin@lighthouseschool.co.uk or by telephone: 0113 4570605.

 

Allergens

All the menus have coded labels to communicate allergens.

Some of the products served may contain soy, milk, eggs and wheat. While the provider takes steps to minimize the risk of cross-contamination, they cannot guarantee that any of their products are safe to consume for people with peanut, tree nut, soy, milk, egg or wheat allergies.

The provider will also make every reasonable effort to ensure that the information provided is accurate, however, due to the very nature of food production there can be variations in each meal and they are not able to give 100% accurate information on the food they serve.

 

Free School Meals

Applying for Free School Meals does not mean your child has to have them: if you prefer to provide a packed lunch from home then that is perfectly fine. 

It is important, however, that if you do qualify for Free School Meals you make the application, as this releases additional funding to school that could benefit your child for up to six years after you stop claiming. 

This funding is called Pupil Premium, and it has become increasingly significant to schools (currently £1,035 per pupil per year) as part of the Government’s pledge to help families. Schools use this special funding to raise the attainment of students from low-income backgrounds.

All students entitled to Free School Meals will be able to choose a meal each day or a grab bag if they are participating in an offsite activity over lunchtime. If your child does not currently have a Free School Meals entitlement but you think they may be eligible, please complete this form:

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/schools-and-education/apply-for-free-school-meals.

This also applies to students attending the school who live outside Leeds.

Households in receipt of certain benefits, listed below, are entitled to Free School Meals for their children.

Please be assured that the system we have of recording school lunches is completely discreet and does not identify to other pupils who is in receipt of Free School Meals and who has a paid meal.

In addition to the above, schools also attract Pupil Premium for the following:

  • Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • Pupils in year groups Reception to Year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence

In order for schools to receive this additional funding, parents and carers need to provide supporting evidence about their child’s circumstances, for example, a copy of the Adoption (Court) Order.

 

Benefits which qualify for Free School Meals are:

  • * Income support
  • * Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • * Income based Employment and Support Allowance
  • * Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190
  • * The guaranteed element of the State Pension Credit
  • * The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • * Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • * Universal Credit with an annual income of less than £7,400

If you receive Working Tax Credit, please note your child will not qualify for free school meals.

If you require further advice about applying for Free School Meals, or any information about evidence for Pupil Premium, please do not hesitate to the school office and we will be happy to assist, e-mail: admin@lighthouseschool.co.uk or telephone: 0113 4570605