The Royal Kent School

A Church of England Primary School

The Royal Kent School, Oakshade Road, Oxshott, Surrey KT22 0LE

01372 842495

Lunches and snacks

 

Attached to our School Hall is a kitchen which provides freshly cooked meals each day; catering company Twelve15 are contracted to provide the school's food. Our school meals are very popular and around 80% of RKS children take a school lunch daily. Lunch menus are centrally devised by Twelve15 to be nutritionally balanced and take place on a three week rotation.

 
All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free hot meal each day (through the Government's Universal Free School Meal initiative). If your child would prefer not to have a school meal, and would like to bring a packed lunch instead, please inform the School Office. This initiative will be reviewed by the Government annually to decide if it will continue for the next academic year. 
 
For children in Key Stage 2, lunch money can be paid weekly or half-termly via the Parentmail app. Alternatively parents may pay by cash or cheque made payable to Surrey County Council. We ask parents to pay promptly for school meals to help reduce the admin workload.  

If a child is absent through illness and their parents have informed the school of their absence by the beginning of school day (8.50am), the account be credited with that day's payment. Please note that this notification must take place each day of absence for the account to be credited.
 
Free School Meals 
Parents/ carers who meet certain criteria are entitled to Free School Meals: please click here to find out about the eligibility and contact the School Office if you believe you qualify. All enquiries / organisation of Free School Meals is treated in strict confidence.
 

Packed Lunches

We ask that parents provide a healthy lunch for their child, and do not send in any chocolate or sweets. Please note that we are a nut free school; please be mindful of this when preparing packed lunches and providing snacks for your children
 

Snacks

Children from Year 1 upwards may bring in fruit or vegetable snacks for their mid-morning break. They can bring in an unlimited number of fresh fruit and vegetables (bearing in mind that breaktime is a maximum of 15 minutes long!), ideally in reusable containers or with no packaging at all. Currently, this includes dried fruit (such as banana chips and dried apple). However, please note that dried fruit contains a higher content of natural sugar, which is not good for children's teeth, so ideally, dried fruit should only be eaten as part of their lunch.

Please remember that children in Key Stage 1 are given a piece of fresh fruit/ vegetables daily as we are part of the ‘fruit for schools’ scheme.

What can't my child bring to school?

If your child is bringing in a breaktime snack (not all children do), they should only bring fruit/ vegetables to school. Processed dried fruit snacks such as Fruit Winders/Yo Yos will not be permitted. Items which are not fruit or vegetables will not be allowed as a breaktime snack.

Water bottles

All children should have a named water bottle in school each day. Water only is permitted in the classrooms. Water fountains are available for the children to refill their bottles (but bottles should be sent in freshly filled each day). Please ensure that your child’s water bottle is safe (not glass) and reusable. We hope that your child’s water bottle will last for many years; they definitely do not need a new bottle each year.