As from 1st April we are delighted to award our new catering contract to Edwards & Blake. Working together, this will enable us to explore refreshing new opportunities and alternatives in order to ensure an improved service to enhanced the lunch time experience for all our pupils at Magdalen Gates.
At Magdalen Gates, children can either bring their own packed lunch to school or eat a school lunch. School dinners are freshly prepared and cooked each day in our school kitchen by Mrs. Jill Annison and her team.
School lunches cost £2.20 per day and must be ordered and paid for in advance using the 3-week order menu sent out with newsletters.
For guidance about healthy packed lunches use the link below and follow the links for “Healthy Lunchboxes” – www.parentsforhealth.org/balanced-diet.
When children eat better, they do better. Nutritious, balanced meals are not only important for children’s healthy development; they also boost their energy and concentration during the school day.
At Magdalen Gates we have been award the Silver ‘Food for Life’ award which means we have met high national nutritional standards for the children’s lunches. Our menus are carefully planned so that we offer a variety of healthy and balanced meals that appeal to the children. Special diets can be provided for medical or religious reasons. If your child requires a special diet, you should give details to the school, including any recommendations. A letter from your child’s doctor should accompany any requests for special diets on medical grounds.
Universal Free School Meals – The government is currently still funding free meals for all infant children (Years EYFS, 1 and 2) until further notice. These need to be ordered as above every 3 weeks.
Free School Meal Entitlement – Apart from UFSMs, your child may be entitled to free school meals, if you receive one of the following benefits:
Employment Support Allowance (Income Related);
Income Based Job Seekers Allowance;
Guaranteed Pension Credit;
Child Tax Credit and your income is less the £16,190.
If you are eligible your child could have a free healthy meal every day.
We are keen to encourage families who are eligible for Free School Meals to apply. Even if you do not wish your child to have a free school meal, you should still apply, as the school receives an extra funding per pupil each year. Details of how this ‘pupil premium’ money is spent are available on this website
If you think your child may be entitled to a free school meal, please complete an application form. These are available from the school or from www.norfolk.gov.uk/schoolmeals