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The Government has introduced the Universal Free School Meals initiative, which means that all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at state schools in England automatically get free school meals.
If you have a child in Years 3 – 6, you may be eligible to receive free school meals if you have responsibility for a child who attends a school in Sutton and you are in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits:
- Income Support
- Job Seeker’s Allowance (income-based)
- Employment Support Allowance (income-related)
- Child Tax Credit, so long as you do not get Working Tax Credit and your family’s annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) is not more than £16,190. Anyone receiving Working Tax Credit is not entitled to free school meals regardless of their income.
- You get support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- You receive the guarantee credit element of Pension Credit.
For pupils not attending a school in Sutton you must contact the council where they attend school.
Caterlink are extremely proud to be providing meals to students within Sutton Schools.
Caterlink are committed to giving pupils / students the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from a nutritious lunch. We pride ourselves in using fresh local produce, with all our food being cooked and prepared fresh on-site where possible.
What’s so special about Caterlink?
- We are passionate about good food at work, schools, colleges and in the healthcare environment.
- Caterlink have won a number of awards including a Compassion in World Farming ‘Good Egg Award’ for its commitment to source only free range RSPCA Freedom Farm Assured eggs.
- All our food is made daily on-site using fresh local produce at the Food for Life Gold standard.
- Our management and staff are friendly and, above all, accessible.
- We listen to our customers and actively encourage them to tell us what they think of our service.
The food children eat in school is very important for their education. Not only does a well-balanced diet help with general health but establishing healthy eating habits at a young age can give them knowledge for the future. We understand the likes and dislikes of primary school children so we tailor our menus to encourage maximum uptake.
People are Key
We invest heavily in our staff to ensure that you or your child receives the meal they deserve. We have a chef trainer and development team who are dedicated to supporting the kitchens within Sutton Council and ensuring all of the staff have the skills required to deliver as promised.
As the pupils attending our schools vary in nationalities, we will ensure meals appeal to a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and tastes. We are also aware that some pupils have special dietary requirements, such as those who are vegetarians or those who have religious dietary requirements. Some pupils have special needs and some have emotional and behavioural problems which the team will be advised of.
Our primary objective for catering within Sutton Council is to provide pupils, staff and visitors with a choice of homemade, nutritious and well balanced meals. Menus will reflect the requirements and tastes of pupils and staff and will be continually monitored to ensure the menu choices encourage the highest levels of uptake.
A three week menu cycle will be changed seasonally, our Development Chef consults with your schools and Council.We will ensure red meat is available at least twice a week and fish at least once a week which will include an oily fish. Vegetarian protein options will include beans and pulses and there will always be a choice of two breads/cereals or potato choices. Wherever possible, sauces and dressings are made with low fat ingredients and cooking oil and salt is used to a minimum. Alternative low fat fillings will be available for sandwiches and jacket potatoes, low fat yoghurt and desserts will be on offer and skimmed milk is available for cereals.
Freshly cut fruit and low fat fruit yoghurt will be available everyday as an alternative to the daily homemade dessert. A treat once in a while on a Friday helps to add a bit of fun into school meals for pupils. Having said this, a bowl of cherries or strawberries arranged nicely can appeal to the younger children as a treat. This will always be on offer as an alternative.