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Hygiene Rating

We are pleased to let you know that following an inspection during January 2014, the Four Dwellings Academy kitchens, used by our children for the school meals, were awarded the top award of 5 stars for their food policy and hygiene standards.


Academy meals are £1.90/£2.20 per day (£11 per week), unless your child is in our Nursery in which case meals are £1.90 per day which is £3.80 per week for their two full days in the academy. Meals should be paid for at least a week in advance on a Monday morning. Money should be sealed in an envelope and labelled with your child's name, class and the fact that it contains dinner money. You can hand this directly into the office, or via your child's teacher, and you will be sent a receipt via your child's class usually at the end of the day. Children should stick to their meal choice preferably for at least half a term. If however your child no longer wants school meals, you can change them to packed lunches, but it is essential that you let the office staff know first. This is because your child's preference is stored on our school database and feeds numbers to our kitchens; we will continue to order your child a school meal until we are informed otherwise, and therefore there will still be a charge for these meals.


Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support (IS);
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA);
  • an income-related Employment And Support Allowance (ESA ir) (this benefit was introduced on 27 October 2008) See Appendix 2;
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit (WTC) * and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that, as of 6 April 2011, does not exceed £16,190

If you would like to apply for free school meals for your child, please ask for a form at the school office. Please note that proof of your qualifying benefit must be provided with your completed form before you can begin claiming.


You can of course send your child with a packed lunch if you would prefer. If at any time your child would like to try school meals to see if they would like to have them, please speak to the office staff and this can be arranged. If your child is having sandwiches, they must stick to this choice, however in emergency circumstances we can provide your child with a one off school meal, but this must be ordered and paid for in advance so that we can order this from the kitchens and not be left short of meals. As mentioned above, your child can have a school meal on a Friday regularly ('Pizza Day'); if you pay for school meals please order this each week by sending £1.90 in a labelled envelope. If your child is entitled to free school meals, as long as we have seen proof of your entitlement your child can have a meal on a Friday automatically, with no need to order weekly.


All reception, year 1 and year 2 children receive free school meals which are funded by the government.  It is however still important to let us know if you are entitled to free school meals via benefits so that we can keep our records up to date, and receive additional funding known as Pupil Premium.