School Lunches

Lunches at Finchingfield Academy are £2.55 per day (£11.50 per week) and should be ordered and paid for in advance online on ParentPay.

Please remember that the cut off time for ordering meals is 9pm on the Sunday before each week commences.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are eligible for government funded Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM). 

If you need a reminder of your ParentPay account log in details, please contact the school office. 

In the event that your child is absent from school your order will be cancelled by the school office and you will not be charged for the meal. Each meal taken will be debited from your child's ParentPay account on the day of provision.

(If your child has packed lunches, please ensure that all products included are nut free. Please note that Pesto contains nuts and should not be included in a packed lunch.) 

Automatic entitlement to a Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) finishes at the end of Year 2 and only children from low income families are eligible to Free School Meals (FSM) from Year 3 onwards.

Children may be eligible for free school meals if their parents receive the following benefits:

Income Support

Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

The guaranteed element of Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Universal Credit – household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) 

Your application will be refused if you are not receiving any of the listed benefits. Please consider this before applying. Your application will be processed by Essex County Council within 15 working days, but it may take longer if you apply in August or September.