During lunch time children are cared for by a team of supervisors, who guide their behaviour and help them to spend their play time happily. The supervisors notify teachers about any problem that arises during the lunch time period. The academy has purchased an extensive range of play equipment that can be used by pupils during the lunchtime periods
Academy meals are cooked on the premises. Our cooks make meals attractive and nutritious for the children, in line with LEA and government healthy eating/food standards guidelines. Children enjoy choosing from a range of dishes. Parents have the choice of their children having a academy meal or of providing them with a packed lunch. We ask you to notify the academy in writing, in advance, if you wish your child to change from one form of meal to another.
Dinner money is collected on the first day of the academy week. Please send the money in an envelope marked with the pupil’s name and class.
Each child having a packed lunch must bring his/her own in a rigid plastic container, clearly and indelibly marked with his/her name. No bottles or cans of fizzy drinks etc, or hot drinks may be brought to academy.
Sandwich boxes are kept in a designated place until it is time for the children to eat. All wrapping and other remnants must be put in the boxes which will be replaced in the classroom and taken home. No food may be eaten at any other time or anywhere other than the stipulated place.
Free Academy Meals
If your family is on a low income, your child (or children) may be entitled to receive a free meal and milk every day. Both you and the academy will benefit if you take advantage of this. This is because the academy receives extra funds in proportion to the number of pupils registered for free academy meals. So long as you register, the academy will benefit, even if your child does not actually take the free meals. However we hope you would allow your child have an academy lunch, as they are attractive and nutritious and well balanced. If you currently receive one of the following benefits, you may be eligible to receive free academy meals:
• Income Support, or
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance or
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or
• Support from NASS or
• Child Tax Credit with a taxable income of less than £16190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit or
• Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
The system for applying for free academy meals has changed and it is now much easier to apply. All you need to do is fill in your application form online or on your mobile phone browser or telephone Pupil and Student Services and the rest will be done for you. Your application will be processed within 5 working days. Please note that you may apply for all the school age children in your family - this will mean that the children who are in Reception (over 5), Year 1 and Year 2 would also be eligible to receive free milk each day.
To apply log on to www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
To apply by telephone or if you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact Pupil and Student Services on 01902 554128.
Universal Infant Free Meals
Since September 2014 pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes have been offered a free lunch (hot or sandwich option) each day under the new Universal Infant Free Meal scheme. We are pleased to see that the majority of our pupils have taken up this offer. However, if your family is on a lower income, please consider also applying for the free meals outlined above and if applicable to your circumstances your child/children would then benefit from free milk in addition to free meals each day. St Michael's Academy would also receive additional funding for every entitlement.