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Menus, dietary and free school meals information

We take our responsibility of catering for our students and staff really seriously. We know it’s not just the food on the plate that’s important, but a real understanding of health and nutrition too. Our  philosophy of Eat, Learn, Live helps us to educate young people about how to lead a happy, safe and healthy lifestyle while contributing to a sustainable world.

Although outsourced to Chartwells, part of the Compass Group, all our food is freshly cooked and served in our new kitchen and dining complex.

We love delighting young people with tasty, freshly prepared food. Developed by award-winning chefs using great ingredients, we present it with passion and deliver it with care and pride. Nutritionally compliant to school food standards, we give pupils and students the choice and variety that keeps them coming back.

We love enhancing the understanding, fun, experience and attainment of young people by sharing the importance of healthy eating from a young age. We support their achievement at school and beyond through the curriculum, interactive nutrition and education, and helping them develop personally.

We care for the environment we live in and help to create a sustainable world for future generations – both in what we do and in how we help to educate young people. We support British farmers by buying locally sourced eggs and milk. We’re proud too to support Mary’s Meals – feeding over 3000 children in Africa every year.

Our menus are inspired by what students are likely to find on the high street. It’s our way of making sure they’re continuing to eat nutritious, tasty meals that comply with School Food Standards without spending the earth and being tempted into bad choices from food places outside of school. On top of that, our food options are modelled on student feedback – it’s a great way to give students a say and to make sure they’re happy with the food they’re served.

Management of Allergens:  It is extremely import that parents inform Chartwells of any allergies/intolerances that their child has should they wish to use the canteen to purchase food.  We welcome all children with allergies/intolerances and providing we deem it safe to do so, an appropriate meal be provided daily in line with our internal policies and procedures.  Please find below our letter to parents regarding the management of allergens and our special diet procedure.

Allergens – Schools Parent Letter Oct 2018

Special Diet Procedure 2018

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What is the criteria for Free School Meals / Pupil Premium?

The economic criteria are:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (unless you’re also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and earn no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop receiving Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400)

If your child meets one of the criteria below they may qualify for Pupil Premium, please discuss with us:

  • been in local-authority care for 1 day or more in England or Wales
  • been adopted from care in England or Wales
  • left care under a special guardianship order or residence order in England or Wales

As part of their work to support families in poverty, Cambridgeshire County Council have redesigned their online form for families wishing to check their free school meal (FSM) and Pupil Premium eligibility.  Significant improvements made to the online application process enable parents/carers (in most cases) to get an instant result of the outcome of their application.

It is not necessary for parents of children who currently receive FSM to reapply as this entitlement is protected until the end of March 2022.  However, applications do need to be made for younger siblings who are starting school.

With recent changes to the benefit system due to the phased roll-out of Universal Credit, families may not necessarily realise that they qualify, therefore this is a good time for parents to check their eligibility.

The form is quick and simple to complete.  Once an application has been submitted for a child, if you do not qualify at that point, they will continue to check for future entitlement throughout your child’s school life, informing parents if they become eligible.

Families can access the online application at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

If you have any queries regarding this information, please call the Education Welfare Benefits team on 01223 703200 or email ewb.fsm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk


FSM application form 2020-21

Free School Meals Explained – April 2019

Winter-Grant-Scheme-School-CCC (issued 07.12.20 to parents)  Winter-Support-FAQs-Parents


Menus & dietary information

Food Tariff September 2021

Bassingbourn Village College

South End, Bassingbourn, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5NJ

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