Here you will find information about:
The school environment
Free School Meals
The school was built on its attractive site in 1938 and has 4 main classrooms. Each of the classrooms is well resourced with supplementary shared resources around the school. We have a new library area with a good range of non-fiction and fiction books.
There is a large field for sporting activities and a hall which is used for dining, assemblies, music, drama and some PE sessions.
Lydden School offers an attractive and stimulating rural environment including a woodland garden with an outside classroom, a forest school area, pond area and a well-resourced outdoor early year’s area and adventure play areas.
It is our policy that all children should wear clothing that is in keeping with a purposeful learning ethos. We believe that certain activities are facilitated by appropriate clothing whether in school, or when participating in a school-organised event. We provide a complete list of the items needed for our school uniform in this policy which forms part of our school prospectus.
Our policy for school uniform is based on the belief that a school uniform:
Our main colour is red. Full details of our uniform and how it can be purchased please see below.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak to one of the members of office staff.
Our tasty meals are prepared offsite and delivered each day. They are served in the hall.
The school meal service is provided by Principals Catering. Please see their website below.
Universal Free School Meals
All children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2, nationally are entitled to a free school meal each day. This is known as the Universal Free School Meal offer, which most parents are very happy to take up for their child.
We believe that the school lunchtime is a great opportunity for all our children to sit down together and enjoy their healthy and tasty meal, while developing their social skills. We therefore hope that all parents will take up this offer of a free school meal for our infant pupils. When your child starts school, you will be asked for your meal preference. It is as simple as letting us know that you wish to take up the offer!
Children wishing to have a school meal should bring the correct money for the week on Monday morning, or parents can pay online using the link above. If your child is bringing dinner money to school, please put each child’s money in a separate envelope marked with their name, class, the amount and date. In the event of absence, money is credited to the following week. Please pay for school meals in advance.
If you prefer, you can provide a packed lunch for your child. Food must be brought to school in a suitable container marked with your child’s name. No glass containers, cans or fizzy drinks should be brought to school; drinks should be in non-breakable plastic containers.
We promote a healthy lifestyle and ask that you provide a healthy balanced packed lunch, avoiding sweet items, such as chocolate. Please include a main savoury item, such as a sandwich, quiche or pasty, as well as fruit and a drink each day. Food that is not eaten during the mealtime and any wrappers will be packed back in the lunchbox and brought home. This gives you an indication of how well your child is eating and allows you to judge how much food you need to pack for your child.
Free School Meals – The Advantages to Your Family and The School.
Did you know… just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?
Register now so that your child gets the full advantage.
The Department for Education asks us to remind parents to apply for free school meals if they are eligible. Since the introduction of Universal Free School Meals, many children are missing out because eligible families are not registering –Don’t let your child miss out. Even if your child is in Foundation Stage, Year 1 or Year 2, it is important to register. You only have to do this once and the school will be allocated Pupil Premium funding to provide additional opportunities for your child for the next 6 years.
You can register on-line, confidentially, here:
We know that more families are struggling to meet rising costs in challenging economic times, but our free school meals numbers are the lowest that they have been. This means that our families are likely to be missing out on a benefit that they are entitled to.
For every child registered, Lydden Primary School gets an additional £1,320 per year. With this money we could provide additional one to one or small group tuition or subsidise other opportunities such as educational visits or wider learning opportunities.
How does it work?
1. First, you can check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below.
2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, please apply online or pick up a form from the table outside the school office. A member of office staff would be happy to help you if you would like them to.
3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £400 a year), extra benefits and the school gets £1,320 extra.
4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they don’t have to; they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £1,320 extra.
No one will know you have registered [it is confidential] and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. All children taking meals simply answer the register – no one in class will know who pays and who does not.
Do you qualify?
You must receive one of these benefits to qualify:
· Income Support
· Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
· Child Tax Credit (not including Working Tax Credit) - if the household income is below £16,190
· Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
· an income-related Employment and Support Allowance
· support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 if you are an asylum seeker