Our school kitchen provides a choice of cooked meals everyday. Menus are constantly updated and can be obtained from our school reception (an example can be found attached below). In line with the Government's Universal Free School Meals initiative, we provide a meal for children in years Reception, 1 and 2 at no charge. Meals for children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 cost £2.10 per day. We ask that all school meals are paid for in advance through our SIMs-Pay online payment system. Advice about free school meals, who is eligible and how to apply is available at the school office. Further information and an application form can also be found on the Essex County Council website - click here
If you prefer your child may bring in packed lunches. Lunches should be brought in a sealed container, which is clearly labelled with your child’s name. We do have a Healthy Eating Policy at The Downs and would ask all parents to please ensure that these lunches are healthy and balanced with no sweets, chocolates, or fizzy drinks. Water is always available to all children at lunchtimes.