The Lunch Time Experience
We expect and promote good manners during lunchtime and are well supported by a team of lunchtime supervisors who provide a caring and supportive environment for all pupils. Our dining hall is a dedicated space and provides a spacious, bright and clean environment for your child to enjoy their lunchtime experience.
Children are given a choice of different meals: hot traditional meal, hot vegetarian meal, Halal options, jacket potatoes and of course, desserts! All students who take a school dinner also have access to our salad and pasta bar.
Universal Free School Meals
From September 2014, all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals. This means they can enjoy a school dinner, free of charge. We encourage all pupils in Foundation and KS1 to take the school meal and refrain from bringing in a packed lunch from home, as we are certain that even pupils who can be fussy eaters at home are likely to try a wider range of foods when they are eating alongside their friends in a lunch hall environment.
Free School Meals
Many pupils in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) are entitled to Free School Meals. If you think you might be entitled to Free School Meals, you can apply here. Our office team are on hand to help with any queries.
Parents of pupils in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) who are not entitled to Free School Meals can opt to take a school meal for their child. All meals must be paid for in advance via the Arbor app or at the school office. Please note that we cannot maintain an offer of a school meal to pupils where debt arrears have exceeded TWO WEEKS. Parents will be asked to settle the debt so that pupils can continue to enjoy a school meal. A school meal is £2.60 per day for your child at Victoria.
Parents can, of course, opt for their child to bring a packed lunch from home. Packed lunches must not contain sweets, chocolate, fizzy or energy drinks of any kind. Pupils with these products in their lunch box will be encouraged to save them for home.
Additional snacks are available during the course of the school day. Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are provided with fresh fruit or vegetables each day. Small cartons of milk are available daily for all children who are entitled to Free School Meals in Reception and KS1. If your child is not entitled to Free School Meals, there is a termly charge for milk. You can register for milk using this link.
Children in KS2 may bring a healthy snack to school to enjoy at playtime if they wish.
Children are encouraged to bring water bottles to school daily, containing water only.