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School meals

School milk

All children at John Hellins can order milk for morning break time. For those children under 5 or children in receipt of pupil premium funding, it is free, and for everyone else it costs 22p per carton. It can be ordered here:

School dinners

The Kitchen at John Hellins

Our freshly cooked, homemade school lunches are all prepared on site in The Kitchen at John Hellins. Our menu is designed in-house and is varied, balanced and appealing. Complying with the Government Food Standards, our menu is nutritionally balanced over the course of each week.  Our menu offers three options every day: a main meal, a vegetarian meal and a light bite option, each with the pudding of the day. In addition to this, fresh bread, fresh fruit and our lovely salad bar are available every day to all children taking school lunches. Our menu rotates on a three-weekly cycle and new dishes are added every term.

Lunches are served in our homely lunch hall environment – where tables are laid with pretty tablecloths, jugs of water and pots of cutlery. Tables seat children from mixed year groups and our older children are encouraged to help our younger children. Music is played on occasions and we work hard to make this a relaxed, happy and sociable place for our children to enjoy their lunch. 

The cost of a meal is £2.50. Currently, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals as part of the Government Universal Infant Free School Meal Scheme (UIFSM) and so parents of these children will not be charged when booking meals. In addition to this, children eligible for Pupil Premium Funding are also entitled to free school meals and so parents of these children will not be charged when booking meals.

Lunches can be booked via the ParentPay system ( Meals can be booked weekly or for a half term. Full booking instructions and more information about our lunch provision are available below. Meals must be booked by midnight on Wednesday for the following week. 

Your child may be entitled to free school meals – click here to visit the government website to find out if you are eligible.

Free school meals for Key Stage 1

Central Government have announced that Free School Meals will be offered to all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2014. At John Hellins these are provided by The Kitchen at John Hellins and this is a marvellous opportunity for your child to have a hot meal each day.  As well as a choice of main courses, there is also the opportunity to have vegetarian or light bites, which are very popular. Your child does not have to take up this offer every day (or at all), but it is available. To find out more, visit the Northamptonshire County website.