School Meal Arrangements

Our meals are cooked fresh on the premises each day. We source all our fresh products from local suppliers and where possible from local producers. A menu is posted on this site each week giving the coming weeks menu and there is always a vegetarian option available. Water is available for the children to drink.

Dinner money

Dinner money is payable each week in advance. Payments can also be made for the month or term ahead. The cost is £2.10 per day. Our preferred method of payment is by ParentPay which is our on line payment system. Payments can also be made using cash or cheque. Please make cheques payable to EFSPT T/A Epping Upland C of E Primary School. Dinner money should always be sent in a sealed envelope with the child’s name and class clearly labelled on the front. The school is not able to offer dinner to children if dinner money has not been paid, so we respectfully request punctual payment.

Ordering School Lunches

Weekly Menus and Order Forms are sent out by ParentMail every Wednesday and can be viewed on our website. Forms need to be completed and returned to the given email address by midday on a Friday to enable us order the requisite food for the following week.
Free school meals (FSM)

If you are in receipt of:

Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

You may be entitled to free school meals. We would encourage all eligible parents to apply, even if your child will not be having a hot school meal. Every application increases our school budget allocation and thus helps your child. Please contact the office for more  information. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Packed lunches

We ask that children do not alternate between packed lunches and school dinners without giving prior notice. Packed lunches should contain a healthy, balanced meal. The school expects that packed lunches meet the same stringent requirements that school dinners have to adhere to and as such, sweets, bars of chocolate and crisps are not allowed.

Packed lunches may include a drink or fruit juice or squash to be drunk with the meal but this should be in a plastic bottle or carton only. Fizzy drinks are not allowed. Packed lunches should be in a container that is clearly marked with the child’s name. The same requirements apply to packed lunches brought for school visits.