Kings Nympton Primary School

School Meals

Meals are prepared off-site and then served from our school kitchen.  Children may buy school meals or bring a packed lunch.  Children may also bring in fruit to eat at morning breaktime, although children in Class 1 currently have daily fruit and/or vegetable snacks provided through the centrally funded School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.  Year 5 and 6 children run a tuckshop, before the start of school and at morning break, selling dried fruit (e.g raisins, apple slices, banana chips) at 20p per bag.  There is drinking water available in school but children should always bring their own water bottles as well. 

Payment for meals and meal choices from the 4-week rolling menu must be made in advance, on the first day of term and each Monday morning subsequently.  The cost is currently £2.40 per day. Payment can be made by cash or cheque (payable to Devon County Council).  Credit due on meals not taken through absence is carried forward to the next week or, at the end of each term, is refunded. 

Please click here to see a sample copy of the menu, which gives details of the 3 main course options.  There is a different dessert each day and yogurt or fresh fruit is always available as an alternative.  PLEASE note the menu does vary slightly from this one and a current ordering menu is available from the school office.


Free School Meals for Primary School Pupils at Key Stage One

 From September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England have been eligible for free school meals. Some of these children would also be eligible under the original free school meals scheme and it is very important that we still identify these pupils. This is because each child registered under the original scheme attracts valuable funding for their school. £1,300 for each eligible primary-aged pupil will be allocated in the next school year in additional funding. If you think you may be entitled please see list of qualifying benefits below. Please log on to the Free School Meal Portal and complete an online registration form in order for the FSM team to identify whether you are entitled under the current free school meals scheme, even if you do not actually wish your child to have a free school meal. (Please also advise the school if any parents have been in the armed forces or have an adopted child).

Remember that every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 is entitled to receive a free school meal regardless of the outcomes from this registration form, but completion of the form may bring valuable funds for the school.


Qualifying Benefits

Parents/carers in receipt of the following support payments will be entitled to receive free school meals:Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)

Income Support (IS)

Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)

The guaranteed element of Pension CreditSupport under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)

Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also allowed to receive free school meals.

Please Note that from 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).

The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022.