At Hazelbury Primary School, we pride ourselves on the quality of our school meals, providing nutritious, healthy food served in an environment that promotes social interaction.
Since September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been offered a free school meal at no cost to parents/ carers (for details, see the document below).
Following the government's announcement, as of Monday 4th September 2023, all school meals from Reception to Year 6 will be free.
If a child takes a meal, when insufficient funds are in the child’s account, the Finance Officer will contact the family by text or letter to remind them of the amount owed and request payment.
Debt recovery policy
The following debt policy will apply:
1. No further meals can be taken until sufficient money is credited to the account.
2. If no money is received the Finance Officer sends a text or letter to advise the parent that they will need to give their child a packed lunch from the next day until the account is in credit.
3. Every effort will be made to recover debt through texts, phone calls and by letter.
4. If non-payment continues to be a problem the matter will be referred to the Office manager and Headteacher and a meeting will be arranged with the debtor
5. Pursuance of debt will be referred to the Trust Finance Department if all avenues have been explored and seek legal action if required.
Free School Meals
All children in reception, year one or year two will be able to receive a free school meal. Choosing a school lunch for your child will save up to £400 per year. You must register your child for free school meals during the summer term to ensure the school receives extra funding.
In order for Enfield to plan for your child and our schools for September, you will need to complete a registration form and return it to your child's school during the summer
If your child is in year three or above, to be eligible for free school meals the parent or carer must receive one of the following:
- 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 (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
Children who get any of the above benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
If you believe your child is entitled to free school meals, please complete the form below and return it to:
ESAS and Free School Meals
The school can provide support for parents in completing the relevant documentation.
Changing Your Child's Meal Option
As part of the school meals process, we share information with ParentPay about pupils' names and what meal option they have. It is therefore important that the option is not changed regularly as this may result in you getting charged for a meal or one not being ordered.
If your child would like to change from packed lunch to school dinners or vice versa, they may only do so from the first day of a term or half term. If you do wish to do this, please speak to the office.