Jane’s Top Table

This week the following children were awarded a place at the top table for always smiling, being positive about the food they are given, and thanking Jane and Helen for their lovely meal.

Scarlett        – Willow

Harry            – Willow

Charlotte      – Willow

Ben              – Willow

Isabelle        – Willow

Lizzie            – Oak




Free School Meals

Free School Meals (FSM) are available to people who are classed as unemployed and receiving a qualifying benefit. However they are not available automatically.

The parent/guardian needs to complete an application and return it to the school or the FSM office at County Hall. An application cannot be made retrospectively, the FSM process is a set criteria and there is no appeal process.

Children who receive Income Support (IS) or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled to claim free meals under the same application process.

If a child attends school or the parent/guardian resides in Northumberland the applicant can apply to Northumberland Authority for free school meals.

Refunds for free school meals are only made in exceptional circumstances. These are handled on an individual basis by the school.

How do I apply for free school meals?

You can either apply by:

  • Apply for FREE school meal online
  • over the telephone on FSM 01670 623592
  • completing a paper application form which is available from the FSM office. Benefit details for applications can be checked by us on receipt of the information although on some occasions the confirmation may not be found and you will be contacted with a request to provide your proof of benefit.


Universal Free School Meals

From September 2014, the Government agreed to fund all pupils in Reception, Years 1 and 2 for a daily school meal during term time.  Pupils in Years 3 and 4 will have to pay the daily rate of £2 per day, unless they qualify for free school meals as follows.

If you are in receipt of one of the following:

– Child Tax Credit (with no working tax credit)
– Income Support
– Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
– Income Based Employment and Support Allowance
– Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit

Registering for free school meals only takes a short time and can be done online via www.northumberland.gov.uk/fsm or by telephone 0845 600 6400.

Payment of School Meals

The cost of a school meal is £2 per day. Parents may pay for school meals weekly, monthly or on a half termly basis.

The school operates an online payment system – School Money. We also accept cash/cheques into the office. All cheques should be made payable to Northumberland County Council.

Packed Lunches

Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch to school provided it follows the school’s Healthy Eating policy.

A balanced packed lunch should contain:
• Starchy foods. These are bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and others.
• Protein foods. These are meat, fish, eggs, beans and others.
• A dairy item. This could be cheese or yoghurt.
• Vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit.

Starchy foods are a good source of energy, and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring. Instead of sandwiches give children bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.

Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers, and give them houmous or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods and they can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.
For something sweet try fresh or dried fruit. Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, like kiwi or melon. You could also make up a tasty fruit salad.

There are a few things we do not allow. These are: nuts, sweets and chocolate bars, fizzy pop, glass bottles.
Be inventive and reward your children when they try something new.