Why children need to eat well
- What children eat today shapes how they’ll eat for the rest of their lives
- Too many children aren’t getting enough of the right foods to eat – and too little of the foods that help keep them healthy
- When children eat better, they do better – they’re in better shape to reach their full potential
- Being able to cook is an essential life skill: it all starts with getting children excited about food
- Eating good food is one of life’s real pleasures: every child should know how it feels to enjoy a tasty meal with people you love
Children can’t concentrate if they haven’t eaten a good breakfast before school. That’s why we run a free Breakfast Club from 8:00am to 8:30am. We offer students low-sugar cereals, fruit, toast and crumpets, plus a choice of hot and cold drinks.
- Water is available for all students throughout the day for free from drinking fountains located on each floor.
- Juices, bottled water, and hot drinks are available from the school restaurant.
- High-sugar and energy drinks are banned at Blackburn Central High School.
School meals are a great way for children to improve their eating habits and to learn about the social side of eating with their friends. Our school meals are tasty, healthy and meet children’s nutritional needs as set forth in the National School Food Standards.
Research shows that the average school lunch is healthier than around 9 out of every 10 packed lunches. That’s because good nutrition is all about eating lots of different foods. It takes planning and effort to do this with a packed lunch, but it’s far easier with a hot meal.
Fussy eaters often thrive on school meals – parents tell us their children have tried all sorts of foods in school that they refuse at home.
- High-quality meat, poultry or oily fish
- Fruit and vegetables
- Bread, other cereals and potatoes
We DON’T provide:
- Drinks with added sugar, crisps, chocolate or sweets in school meals and vending machines
- More than 2 portions of deep-fried, battered or breaded food a week
- You can read more about school food standards on the School Food Plan website.
Paying for school meals
We run a cashless catering system. Students top up their accounts by putting coins and notes into machines in school, and then they swipe their ID/dinner card to pay for their food at the till.
Parents and students can also pay online using a Scopay account, a login is available from our finance team (Phone 01254 505700 and ask for Finance). This means you can keep tabs on what they’re spending and your child won’t have to carry money around school.
Education Welfare Benefits
Education welfare benefits are free school meals for children where the families receive:
- Income Support
- Income based job seekers allowance
- Child tax credit (but not working tax credit), and their annual taxable income is £16,190 or less
- Universal Credit
Children of asylum seekers or unaccompanied asylum seeking children are also entitled for free school meals
If you are not claiming housing benefits and/or council tax you may still be entitled to Free School Meals, so please apply using the link below.
Free School Meals
A free meal, provided by the school, which is paid for out of the Education benefit fund and administered alongside housing and council tax benefit. The school will be notified of your entitlement.
How to Apply
If you wish to apply for free school meals, please use form linked below.
If you need help filling in this form or would like information about making a claim, you can telephone for advice and information on 0845 070 1066. You can also call in at customer services at either Blackburn or Darwen town hall. For more information please contact Miss Kelsall.
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