School Meals

School Meals

To learn successfully children and young people need to be able to concentrate, and to concentrate you need to eat well. Our school lunches are healthy, well balanced and nutritious so are an important part of the day.

The Voyage Learning Campus has joined a central contract with Edwards and Ward – The North Somerset Council school catering provider. The school meals available to pupils at Voyage Learning Campus are charged at £2.15.

School meals are nutritionally balanced over the course of a menu cycle and provide up to three of your child’s five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables. The meals comply with the government’s mandatory regulations but also take into consideration what children want. By joining in on the school lunch experience, pupils can develop their social skills, try new foods, learn to enjoy a balanced diet.

Is my child entitled to free school meals?

School meals are free for pupils in reception year, year 1 and year 2. Your child will receive a free meal unless you make alternative arrangements.

Any child attending a North Somerset school whose parents or carers receive one or more of these benefits is entitled to receive free meals at school:

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Parents/Carers can now apply online and get an instant result. The new online checker can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/fsm

The system will generate a letter that you will be able to print off and give to the VLC to show eligibility. If you do not have access to a printer, you can forwarding the letter via email to the school, show it to school staff on your smart phone or even send a screenshot of the email by text. 

Eligibility starts from the date on the letter and stops at the end of that term. You will need to reapply every school holiday (so 6 times per year) and eligibility will last for the whole school term. 

If parents give schools their permission, schools can check eligibility on their behalf. In order to do this, the school would require the parent’s National Insurance number and date of birth. If you would like the VLC to check your child’s eligibility please either complete and return the consent form or alternatively you can email this information to admin@voyagelearningcampus.org.uk

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