Holy Family has a large, well equipped kitchen that enables the school to offer nutritious hot meals every day. We employ our own catering staff who have all the relevant Health & Safety; Food Safety; and Allergy Awareness qualifications. Our catering team is headed up by Mrs T Willis who has many years' experience in this field. Mrs Willis and her staff were recently awarded a 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating from the Food Standards Agency which is testament to their hard work and cleanliness.
All children that attend Holy Family school can choose to have a cooked school dinner or bring along a packed lunch from home. Children in Reception, Years 1 & 2 are all entitled to a free school dinner paid for by the government. In addition, older children whose parents are in receipt of a variety of state benefits are entitled to free school meals. Please check with the ladies in the office if you believe your child is entitled to benefits related free school meals as your child will also be entitled to Pupil Premium funding (please check even if your child is in Reception, Years 1 & 2). Payment of the following benefits may allow you to
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income of below £16,190
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance, income related
- Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit, with an income of £7,400 or less
Mrs Willis and her staff ensure that each termly menu is nutritionally balanced. Fresh meat (from a family butchery in Brentwood) and fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and salad (from a local greengrocery) are used to prepare the meals. Roast meat dinners with potatoes and gravy are particularly popular, as are fish and chips on Fridays--as a Catholic school we like to offer the traditional "fish on a Friday."
Mrs Willis can cater for special requirements linked to allergies. If your child requires special foodstuffs, please speak to the ladies in the office who will be happy to liaise with Mrs Willis on your behalf.