The Bythams School

The Bythams Primary School

Creeton Road, Little Bytham, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 4PX

Telephone: 01780 410275 Email: office@bythams.lincs.sch.uk

Lunches at The Bythams Primary School

Lunch is from 12:00 to 1:00pm. Most children stay in school for either a hot lunch or bring their own packed lunch. Lunch is divided into 2 sittings.

Hot School Meals 

Ideal

Ideal provide our hot school meals.  They are a Lincolnshire based provider, supplying thousands of healthy school meals each week.  Our meals are cooked in a kitchen in Stamford fresh each morning and delivered to school ready for lunch at 12 noon.  The quality of the product has always been Ideal’s highest priority.  The fresh ingredients, including high welfare meats, organic, fair trade and seasonal produce are sourced locally from respected and established farms and suppliers.  These ingredients are transformed into delicious hot meals.

Children in KS1, (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) are eligible for a hot meal free of charge each day.  For Children in KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) hot meals can be purchased from Ideal at a cost of £2.30 per day.  Parents can find out more about Ideal by looking at their website www.idealschoolmeals.co.uk and order meals by registering with www.schoolmealsonline.co.uk.

More information about how to order meals can be found on the ‘User Guide – Ordering School Meals Online’.

Please note that meals need to be ordered by parents of both KS1 and KS2 pupils regardless of whether you receive meals free of charge, school do not order meals for children.  If you do not have access to the internet or a computer, please contact Mrs King in the school office who will be able to assist you further, 01780 410275.

If you child does not wish to have a hot school meal, you will need to provide a packed lunch for your child.

Free School Meals

If you have a child or children in full-time education, receive certain benefits and have an income of less than £16,190 you may be able to claim free school meals for your child regardless of their age.  If you think you are entitled please contact Mrs King in the school office, 01780 410275.  More information can be found on the Lincolnshire County Council website.

Packed Lunches

We are seeking your help to achieve healthy lunches for all of our pupils. 

School meals in school have to meet the School Food Standards to ensure they are healthy and nutritious.  Food brought in from home is often not as healthy.

A healthy packed lunch should contain….

  • One portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables
  • A type of carbohydrate or starchy food (preferably wholegrain)
  • A type of milk and dairy food
  • A source of protein
  • A healthy drink such as water
  • A treat occasionally

In order to ensure that packed lunches are tasty and nutritious, children and staff have devised a red, amber and green scheme, please see the Packed Lunch Guidelines. 

School Milk

Currently at the Bythams, milk is provided to all Reception and Year 1 children during the morning; this milk is provided and paid for by School.  In addition to this, all children who eat a hot school meal are also offered milk at lunchtime, this milk is provided by Ideal Ltd. 

Schools are not required to provide free milk to children in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 but we are required to ensure that if parents wish their child to have milk each day that there is an option for parents to order milk.  School is registered with Cool Milk who supply milk for any parents who wish to register their child/ren, the cost is around £15.00 a term.

If you would like to register with Cool Milk you can do so at the following website www.coolmilk.com.  Shortly after registering, you will receive a payment request from them.  You can pay Cool Milk either online, over the phone, at a local PayPoint or by cheque in half-termly, termly or annual instalments.  You can also contact Cool Milk directly on 0844 854 2913.

To reiterate, children in Reception and Year 1 will continue to be offered milk each day by school, parents do not need to take any action or register with Cool Milk.  Children receiving a hot school meal via Ideal will also continue to be offered milk with their meal at lunchtime. 

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office