School meals at Merridale are provided by a company called Aspens. Aspens is a large school catering company, providing school meals to over 300 schools around the country. They were carefully selected from a range of different companies back in June 2017 by representatives from school staff, Governors and pupils and we are confident that they will provide high-quality food at a lower price for our families here at Merridale.
Children staying for lunch have a choice of a school meal or a packed lunch a still drink may also be brought providing it is in an unbreakable, leak-proof container. We ask that children bring a healthy lunch to school - if you would like advice or support with this, please contact us. We also request that canned drinks are not brought to school. It is advisable for items to be contained in a named lunch box.
Dinner money is collected each Monday morning. We ask parents and carers to commit their meal choice for at least half a term to help support the kitchen in their ordering and administration. As with any money brought to school, the correct amount should be sent in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the child’s name and class and what the money is for.
All infant children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) are currently entitled to “Universal Infant Free School Meals”. If you do not wish for your child to have a free meal at school, please let us know.
If you think you might be eligible for Free School Meals, you can find out here: https://myfreeschoolmeals.com/ or come and ask at the school office for more information. Pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals also receive a range of other benefits from school including free milk, free after school clubs and book vouchers. All enquiries are dealt with in the strictest confidence and the children are not made aware of who does and who does not pay for school meals.
From September 2017, dinner money for junior children is £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week).