Canon Popham offers pupils the choice between a school provided meal at the cost of £2.50 per day (paid via the online ParentPay system) or parents/carers can provide a packed lunch. This choice can be altered at the start of each half term.
Everyday there is a choice of four different meals; a hot main meal, a hot vegetarian meal, jacket potato with a filling or sandwiches. In addition, all pupils have access to the salad bar. Pupils have a selection of desserts to pick from ranging from fruit, yoghurt or a hot pudding.
Our meals are provided by Doncaster Schools Catering
All our menus comply with current food and nutritional standards.
We don’t use additives which are harmful, mechanically recovered meat, or genetically modified ingredients.
We do serve fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh bread and healthy drinks such as pure fruit juices, milk drinks and smoothies, along with the guaranteed inclusion of fish which is rich in Omega 3.
An example of the School Meal menu can be found on the Doncaster Schools Catering website – simply click on the example shown towards the bottom of the page. Our school menu is usually on display in the main school entrance.
As from September 2014, all Key Stage One pupils are entitled to a free school meal.
However, if you receive the one of the following benefits or support, your child will have the right to a free school meal:
- Universal Credit – If you apply on or after 1 April 2018, your annual net earned income must be no more that £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to 3 of your most recent assessment periods.
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and your annual income is below £16,190 (as worked out by HM Revenue & Customs)
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- parents receiving Working Tax Credit for four weeks after their employment finishes are entitled to free school meals during that period. This also applies to parents who start working less than 16 hours per week
Even if your child does not want free school meals, you should still make a request. This is because you may be entitled to other benefits for your child, for example, free school milk for children under seven, or help towards board and lodging charges for school trips and this also entitles the school to claim extra funding, which can be used to benefit the pupil concerned.