School meals are available to all pupils at a cost of £2.30 a day. School meals are cooked on the premises and usually consist of a choice between two main dishes, a hot meal or a salad, and a traditional pudding or fruit or yoghurt. Special diets can be catered for. Please send dinner money into school on the first day of the week in a sealed and named envelope. Dinner money can be paid termly/half termly, if you prefer, but must be paid in advance. If paying by cheque, please make it payable to ‘Hillside Special School’.
Some parents/carers may prefer to send a packed lunch.
EATS Catering provide our catering service. Please see our current menu here.
Free School Meals and Pupil Premium Funding
Some pupils may be entitled to receive Free School Meals. To find out if you qualify and to apply please do either of the following:
- apply online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals and click on the green ‘Start’ button
- ask the school office for an application form
For all those pupils who are registered for Free School Meals the school is given additional funding known as ‘Pupil Premium’ funding. Pupil Premium is given to schools by the Government to help children from lower income families to do well in school. This additional funding enables the school to provide extra support and resources for learning. Even if you do not wish for your child to have a school meal, and would prefer to send a packed lunch, please still apply for Free School Meal status, as the school will receive Pupil Premium funding for all pupils who meet the criteria. Your application is confidential and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
In addition to the above, from September 2014, pupils in year groups Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are entitled to a school meal at no cost to their parent/guardian* under the Government scheme Universal Infant Free School Meals (which is a separate scheme to the Free School Meals and Pupil Premium scheme above). If your child is in one of these year groups you will simply need to tell their class teacher that you would like your child to have a school meal provided free of charge, or alternatively please send in a packed lunch.
The school does not receive any Pupil Premium funding for pupils receiving a school meal under the UIFSM scheme unless parents have applied for ‘Free School Meal’ status as above.
*NB. A cash alternative is not available for those pupils not taking a school lunch under the UIFSM scheme.