Gillingham CofE
Primary Academy

School Meals

Aspens specialise in providing catering to schools and colleges across the country and are passionate about serving fresh, high quality and locally sourced food that is cooked in our kitchen.

They support Free School meals and Universal Free school meals (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to receive a UFSM).

The cost of a pupil meal is £2.47. Vegetarian, jacket potato and packed lunch options are available daily to order from the menu below. Payment needs to be made through parentmail on the MyEd app.

School dinners can be confusing, can’t they? 

There are two different types of free school meals – Universal and means-tested. Here’s Norfolk County Council’s explanation of the difference:

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 automatically get free school meals if they go to school. It’s called universal infant free school meals. You do not have to apply to get these meals, but if you do receive one of the benefits listed below, you should still apply. This is because it can help raise extra funds for your child’s school (called Pupil Premium). This Government funding can help with extra tuition, teaching and after school activities.

If your child is in Year 3 or above, you must receive one of the following benefits to get free school meals:

  • Universal Credit – with an annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190

You must apply for these free school meals.

You can apply for free school meals online using the link below:
Free School Meals – Application Online

Alternatively, you can download an application form and return it, or collect one from your child’s school
Free School Meals – Paper Application

Gillingham CofE Primary Academy

For all enquiries, or if you would like to visit the school please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions or make an appointment for you.

Telephone: 01502 713425 •

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