Our healthy and nutritious lunches are provided by ISS Facility Services. Meals are cooked using fresh ingredients on our school site by our experienced Catering Team. There is always a choice of main course (including vegetarian), vegetables, salads and a dessert.
St Mary’s Menu 2023 wef week commencing 30/10/23 – 18/3/24
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced an historic £130m emergency scheme to help families with the spiralling cost of living by ensuring that every primary schoolchild in London will receive free school meals in the next academic year.
The Mayor is stepping in with the one-off proposal to ensure that healthy free school meals are universally available to all primary school pupils for one year from September 2023 due to the extreme pressures currently facing households across the capital.
The unprecedented move will help around 270,000 primary school children and save families around £440 per child across the year.
Free School Meals
Free School Meals are a benefit which can equate to over £450 per year; they can be claimed not just by those currently unemployed but by those already in receipt of a number of benefits. Please see the updated list below to see if you qualify. If you do, registration is easy – simply complete the application form on this webpage. If we require more information we will let you know.
You can register your child if you receive any of these benefits:
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
income-related Employment and Support Allowance
support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of education (primary or secondary)
Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium
The ‘Free School Meals / Pupil Premium Service’ www.fsm.lgfl.net is a web site where parents can quickly and easily check eligibility for free school meals and, if eligible, also gain welcome additional funding for their child’s school, known as ‘Pupil Premium’. If eligible, you are not obliged to accept the free school meals for your child if you wish to make other arrangements, but we do want to encourage applications as the additional funding gained would still benefit education provision at the school.
What the service does for parents:
After entering essential details into the web site, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify the school.
This system is being provided to encourage parents to apply and take advantage of free school meals while at the same time increasing the benefit to schools from Pupil Premium funding, a substantial amount of which does not reach schools because not all parents who are eligible apply for free meals for their child.
LGfL (a UK education charity set up in 2001 and owned by London’s 33 local authorities) exists to support education and is leading this initiative to make it easier for parents to apply for free school meals and to encourage the drawdown of unclaimed Pupil Premium.
What the service does for schools:
As the government has now introduced free school meals for all children in Key Stage 1, it is more important than ever for schools to know the number of pupils for whom they can claim Pupil Premium funding. These funds enable schools to take on additional staff and invest in additional equipment, resources and activities to the benefit all children.
Please visit www.fsm.lgfl.net enter the necessary details and support this worthwhile initiative