At Larks Hill we encourage our children to adopt a healthy lifestyle and are proud to be accredited as a Healthy School. We promote the health and well-being of pupils and staff through a well planned, taught curriculum and through our Healthy Eating policy.
We work closely with our school meals providers to ensure that well balanced, nutritious meals are provided at lunchtime and in consultation with parents have created a Healthy Lunch Box Policy which states that children should not bring crisps or chocolate in their lunch box from Monday – Thursday, they are however allowed a treat on a Friday. Children are encouraged to bring water into the classroom to rehydrate and weekly cooking lessons for groups of children ensure that they develop the skills and understanding to create their own healthy meals.
Opportunities are provided both during and beyond the school day, for children to engage in physical activity and sport. We organise a regular ‘Healthy Schools’ week, with a focus on healthy eating and increased physical activity. ‘Fitbods’ monitors (Y6 pupils) oversee a range of PE equipment which is used for a variety of playground games.
If your child requires a special diet*, please read the following information which tells you how the referral process works and what you should do next.
(* The term ‘special diet’ refers to any medically prescribed diet, for example, gluten free, egg free, dairy free etc (and a possible combination thereof). Dietary needs due to religious or personal choice,
for example vegetarianism, will not be considered as the standard menu is designed to offer a choice of dishes , with a vegetarian option always being available.)
Please find below the nut policy as followed by ISS Education and school.
Please find our school meals information available for download.
Free School Meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM), regardless of their parents income. If you receive certain qualifying benefits your child may also be eligible to Free School Meals (FSM) in KS2. School also receives extra money, called Pupil Premium for every child that receives FSM.
If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and you receive a qualifying benefit school can still claim this Pupil Premium money; regardless of whether your child has UIFSM or a packed lunch. We would therefore ask any families that receive a qualifying benefit (from the list below) to please complete a FSM application form:
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income related Employment Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit – as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and you do not get Working Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working tax Credit)
- Universal Credit
Children that are entitled to FSM (whether they actually have a school meal or not) are also entitled to free school milk, free music tuition (for one instrument) and help with certain trips/visits.
Application forms are available here.
Special Themed Lunches
Throughout the school year we hold several themed lunch days which feature special menus and various activities for the children to participate in. These themed lunches are open to all pupils and can be booked and paid for via Parentmail.
Please see the links below for more information on upcoming lunches.