Orchard Primary & Nursery

School Dinners

There is a tuck shop at Interval where children can purchase toast, drinks and snack items.

For lunch, the kitchen provides a choice of snack and main meals, and either a starter or dessert. All foods are freshly prepared on the premises each day and the menu varies from day to day.

We operate a cash cafeteria system where children pay for meals daily using a cashless system. The children preload their cards with money then use this at break and lunch times to pay for their meals. Children who choose to bring a packed lunch to school also eat their lunch in the dining hall. The children all eat lunch in the dining hall and choose where to sit- there are no separate areas for school meals or packed lunches. The children sit in their friendship groups. The Head teacher, Depute Head Teacher and Principal Teachers supervise the lunch arrangements.

We operate a pre order system in the Dinner hall where the children receive a coloured band relating to their order. Children sometimes forget or lose their money. No child will ever not be able to get a meal due to shortage or lack of appropriate payment. A child who has not paid will be issued with a slip to let you know what the cost of the meal was so it can be paid the next day.

Availability of special diets

Diets required as a result of a medical condition (a medically prescribed diet e.g. coeliac disease, diabetes, food allergy or intolerance) can be provided in school. A medically prescribed diet form must be completed by the child’s Registered Dietician or General Practitioner. Procedures and forms can be assessed from North Lanarkshire ‘s website www.northlan.gov.uk or dietician, or from North Lanarkshire’s catering service. Occasionally, parents may be asked to supply prescription foods or attend a meeting to discuss the child’s dietary requirements. Some children with additional support needs may require food to be adapted to an appropriate texture and consistency. In this instance the child’s Registered Dietician or Speech and Language Therapist will liaise with the Head Teacher and school catering service to ensure appropriate food provision. Special diets required for ethical, religious or cultural reasons should be requested in writing to the Head Teacher, who will liaise with the school catering service.

Free School Meals

Primary 1-3 children are entitled to a free school meal.

Children of parents receiving Income Support, Universal Credit, Job Seeker’s Allowance (income based), Employment & Support Allowance (income related) are entitled to a meal without charge.

Children whose parents are in receipt of both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit with an income below £6,420 are also entitled to a meal without charge.

Information and application forms for free school lunches may be obtained from North Lanarkshire’s website, Learning and Leisure Services, area offices, first stop shops and Municipal Buildings, Coatbridge.

Only those children who receive a free school meal are entitled to free milk. Milk may however be available for purchase in the school during the lunch period.

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