Lunchtime is an important part of the day for our children. Ensuring that all children are well-fed and ready for the afternoon is fundamental to their learning progress.
The catering at Rathfern is provided by Chartwells, the leading provider of primary school meals in the United Kingdom.
All meals are freshly prepared daily on the premises, using locally-sourced produce wherever possible, to reduce carbon emissions and help protect our environment.
Meal Costs are £2.20 a day and £11.00 per week, this came into force from May 2018.
Chartwells supports the Fairtrade Foundation, and all fruit and vegetable used are Fairtrade. They also ensure that fish comes from sustainable sources and well-managed fisheries.
Our senior meals supervisor works closely with the chef and kitchen staff to ensure that the provision is always of the highest standard and meet children’s dietary requirements. We encourage children to make healthy choices through providing a good selection of salad and vegetables to accompany their meal and offering fruit alongside their dessert.
Free school meals
Since September 2014 all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are entitled to free school meals. Children in Key Stage 2 (years 3 to 6), however, will need to apply online for free school meals.
We strongly encourage all families who are entitled to free schools meals to apply online.
The advantages to you are:
- free school trips
- a 50% reduction of fees for only one club, any subsequent clubs will remain full full price
- reduced musical tuition for one instrument per year
The advantages to the school are:
- increased funding of £1,300 per pupil registered for free school meals. This funding facilitates the high quality education your children receive. For more detail, see the Pupil Premium document.