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Eats Survey

As you may be aware, Eats have recently launched their new primary menu and the Menu Development Team would like to give students' parents/guardians the opportunity to provide feedback on the Spring/Summer 2018 menu and dishes. This will assist them in their next menu planning as well as ensuring continuous improvement in the services they provide.

Complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SpSu18eats

School Meals

Children are able to request a hot meal each day. This is ordered by the school office in the morning. If your child will be arriving to school late, please ensure that you inform the office before 9.30am if you would like them to receive a hot meal.

Meals are provided by Eats and transported to Thorndon in heat containers from Eye Primary School. All families will receive a copy of the Eats menu. The cost for a school meal is £2.35 per day, (£11.75 per week). This must be paid for online via School Money.

Children whose parents do not wish them to have a school lunch may bring a healthy packed lunch into school. A fridge is provided to keep packed lunches fresh.


All money payable to the school must be paid online. To pay online, please go to www.schoolmoney.co.uk and login. Please contact the school office if you need a password or have forgotten your password or if you have a query.

Free School Meals

Universal Credits

As you may be aware, there have been significant changes to the government’s benefits system and Universal Credits are being rolled out across the country. If your child is currently in receipt of free school meals, we are advised that this may affect their eligibility.

If your child isn’t currently in receipt of free school meals and you apply after the introduction of Universal Credit, it could take up to three months to verify your eligibility. If you believe that your child could currently be eligible for free school meals and you have not yet applied, we would suggest that you consider applying now.

If you are currently in receipt of any of the benefits listed below, then you can apply easily online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals:

  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit) and an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Employment & Support Allowance
  • 28 Day Working Tax Credit run on

You will be told instantly whether you are eligible and it only takes a few minutes to apply. If you don’t have access to a computer or need help making your application, please contact the school office.

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a UIFSM.  Children in these year groups are automatically enrolled in this scheme and no further action is needed.

School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

The school is participating in the national government programme entitling all children aged between 4 and 7 to a free portion of fruit or vegetables each day.

The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme is part of the national 5-A-Day programme.

As a ‘Healthy School’ we remind children of good choices in their daily eating.

School Milk

Every child in the UK under five is entitled to free school milk. Children over five are entitled to subsidised milk. Pupils at Thorndon Primary School receive milk through the Cool Milk scheme. Parents wishing their child to receive milk whilst they are at school will need to register and pay at www.coolmilk.com Alternatively, paperwork regarding the scheme is kept at the school office.

If your child qualifies for free school meals and they would like to have milk, please speak to the office and the school will pay the cost.

Water Bottles

Each child has their own named water bottle, provided by the school, that is left in the classroom.

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