Free School Meals - Government £15 grocery voucher initiative
During this time when school is closed the government are offering a weekly £15 e-voucher for every child entitled to a benefits related free school meal.
You MUST opt into this scheme if you would like to receive vouchers. If you would like to apply to be included please email email@example.com expressing your interest, including the name and date of birth of your child(ren). To be signed up to the scheme you must email by Thursday 6th April.
Vouchers will only be given during term time. So, the first vouchers will hopefully be emailed during the week commencing 20th April.
If you aren't sure if your child is currently eligible for a free school meal then please still email us and we will check for you (this mainly applies to parents who have children in YR, Y1 and Y2 and receive a UIFSM - some of you are entitled to a FSM, but may not be aware).
If you are not currently entitled to free meals but feel you might now be (i.e. due to a change in circumstances) then please apply at https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Benefit-Grants/Free-school-meals.aspx (if possible, complete your application using 'Google Chrome' - you may experience issues if you use another browser) . Usually you will receive an immediate response, so if you are entitled then please take a screenshot of the outcome and email it to us. Benefits will contact school to confirm your eligibility, however at the present time this may take a while so we will accept your screenshot and apply for vouchers for you.
We have children in school with serious nut allergies. We try, as far as possible, to be a 'nut free school'. Please do not send your child with a lunch box or snack which contains nuts i.e. Nutella treat bars, peanut butter sandwiches etc.
EVOLVE - Dinner Ordering and Payment
Children may bring a packed lunch to school or have a freshly prepared lunch from the school kitchen. If your child requires a school lunch then it MUST be ordered in advance, by 8.45 am, using 'EVOLVE' our dinner ordering and payment system. If your child is entitled to a free meal then no payment will be required BUT the meal must still be chosen and ordered in advance.
You will require an activation code (available from the school office) and you will need to set up an account. Please see below for instructions:
National School Breakfast Programme
We are proud to be a NSBP School. St Jude's joined the National School Breakfast Programme in November 2018. The Programme is delivered by the charities 'Family Action' and 'Magic Breakfast'.
As a NSBP School we are pleased to offer a healthy schoolbreakfast, available to all, and enjoy the benefits that brings, with children settled and ready to learn at the start of the school day.
St Jude's would like to express a big thank you to Family Action and Magic Breakfast for allowing us to participate in the NSBP scheme.
Universal Infant Free School Meals
Since September 2014, all children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 in England are eligible for a Universal Infant Free School Meal.
School meals will give your child a real appetite for learning and help them to achieve their full potential. They can enjoy delicious, healthy meals without the bills and the fuss of making packed lunches.
There is nothing healthier for your child and your family’s budget than free school meals.
All our meals meet nutritional standards and our professional cooks prepare the meals for your child; it saves you having to worry about the effort and expense of making packed lunches every day.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are provided for children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits. To check whether your child is eligible and/or to make a claim please call in at The Life Centre, Wigan or complete the online form, https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Benefit-Grants/Free-school-meals.aspx
At St Jude's Primary School we use a cashless dinner system to record who has a school dinner. This means nobody knows who has a free or paid meal.
Your child does not have to have school dinners but if you register they could still be entitled to other benefits such as free milk, school uniform allowance, music lessons etc.
If you require help with completing any forms, need to use our telephone or you do not have access to the internet please speak to the school office in confidence and we will only be too happy to help you.
Food allergens can be life threatening. If your child has a food allergy the only way we can manage it is to avoid the foods that make them ill.
There are 14 major allergens which need to be declared:
Cereals containing gluten namely wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan wheat), barley, rye and oats
Crustaceans like prawns, crabs, lobster and crayfish etc.
Nuts namely almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio, cashew or Macadamia
Sulphur dioxide / sulphites (where added and is >10mg/kg in the finished product. Often found in dried fruit )
Molluscs like clams, scallops, squid, mussels, oysters and snails etc.
Allergies and Food Intollerances at School
Some of our lunch menu items may contain nuts, seeds and other allergens. Please update EVOLVE with your child's allergies (settings>allergies), this will remove any food choices which contain the allergens. Please also inform the school office, so that your child's pupil records can be updated.