School Meals and Milk Scheme
School Meal Facilities
Highlees Primary School has its own kitchens and provides a choice of main meals, at least one of which is vegetarian and a selection of salads and fresh vegetables. The choice of dessert includes a hot pudding, fresh fruit and a variety of cold desserts. Please advise the School Office of any specific dietary needs or allergies.
Facilities are available for children to eat packed lunches and there is adult supervision. Parents are requested to send packed lunches in strong plastic containers labelled with the child's name. For drinks, please use a watertight container. No fizzy drinks, thermos flasks or glass bottles please!
We are a Health Promoting School and recognise the importance of a healthy nutritious diet. For this reason we encourage parents not to provide chocolate bars and crisps in packed lunches but consider fresh fruit and yoghurt as a healthy alternative. At break time, free fruit is provided for all pupils in Key Stage 1.
Cost of School Meals
The costs are:
Key Stage 1: Funded by Universal Infant Free School Meals
Key Stage 2: £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week).
All payments for school meals must be paid via ParentPay. https://www.parentpay.com/ You must also pre-order your child's meals on ParentPay, completing your bookings by the Sunday of the week before. Please note that we do not accept cash payments.
If you have any questions about booking and/or paying for your child's meals please contact the school office.
Free School Meals
To apply for free school meals please visit; https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-learning/help-with-school-learning-costs/free-school-meals
If you wish your child to come home for lunch and you will be collecting them from school then please ask your child to inform their Teacher. However, in the interests of children's safety, if you wish your child to come home for lunch on their own, it is essential that you send a letter in to your child's Teacher. We cannot allow children off the school premises on their own without permission from their parents.
Highlees Primary School Milk Scheme
For your child or children to receive milk in school you will need to register your child or children directly with Cool Milk. School milk is free for all under-fives and is subsidised for pupils aged five or older. The cost of the milk will be £1.40 per week, which you will note is a considerable saving for you.
Each pupil that registers with Cool Milk will receive a carton of semi-skimmed milk everyday, which is delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom. Their school milk will not only provide them with essential nutrients, but as it is rehydrating and energy boosting it also bridges the gap between breakfast and lunch to help children stay focused.
Find out the top ten reasons to drink school milk at www.coolmilk.com/whyschoolmilk
How to register
Milk is completely free for all children aged under five and is subsidised for children aged five or older.
Simply register at www.coolmilk.com or complete a registration form available from the school office.
My child is under five
- Just register by a Tuesday 5pm for your child’s free milk to start the following week.
- Free milk will continue until the Friday before your child’s fifth birthday. You will receive a payment request three weeks before this time- if you wish your child to continue to receive school milk simply make a payment.
My child is five or older
- Complete a registration form or register online as soon as possible. Shortly after registering you will receive a payment request.
- You can pay Cool Milk either online, over the phone, at a local PayPoint or by cheque in half-termly, termly or annual instalments.
- Please pay by Tuesday 5pm for your child’s milk to start the following week.
Please register your child as soon as possible to ensure that they continue to receive milk in September.
If you have any questions regarding school milk please visit www.coolmilk.com or contact Cool Milk directly on 0844 854 2913. More information on milk is also available from the school office.