St Mary's Church of England Academy

Here at St. Mary's we provide the highest possible quality of education, underpinned by our Christian ethos and values however we pride ourselves in the fact that we are mixed faith with a rising number of multi faiths through our school


The cost of a school meal is now only £2.40 per day - £12.00 per week


  • Please choose and pay for your child's meals using Arbor
  • If you need to pay with cash, money should be sent to Academy by the Thursday BEFORE the week you are ordering for in an envelope clearly marked with your child's full name and class. This should then be handed to the class teacher or the class teaching assistant who administers the dinner money.
  • Dinner money queries - please contact the Catering Manager via the Academy Office.
  • If you order a meal but there is no credit in your account to pay for it, you will be contacted to pay for the meal, or asked to bring in a packed lunch for that day.


Should you have any queries or problems with regards to school meals, or if your child has any specific dietary needs, our Catering Manager will only be too happy to talk to you. You can contact them via the Academy Office.


REMINDER - Children will have water to drink with their meal.

Lunch Menus

If your child is eligible for ‘free school meals’ and you register them for this, we’ll receive extra funding called ‘pupil premium’. We use this extra money to improve the educational provision and resources at the school.


What Is Pupil Premium Funding?


Pupil premium funding from the government is given to schools to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation. It’s provided for pupils who:


  • Are you registered for school meals

  • Have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years

  • Are, or have been, in care

  • Have parents in the armed forces


At St Mary’s Academy, we get an extra £1,385 for every eligible pupil who is registered for free school meals. This extra money could make a real difference to the quality of education we offer.


Is My Child Eligible For Free School Meals?


Your child might be eligible if you access:


  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or 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

  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)


Universal Infant Free School Meals


Currently, pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to a free school meal thanks to a different government funding scheme known as universal infant free school meals (UIFSM). You shouldn’t confuse UIFSM with free school meals and the pupil premium.


If your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 and is eligible for free school meals according to the criteria above, you should still register because we’ll receive the extra pupil premium funding.


Does My Child Have To Eat The Free School Meals?


No. Pupils who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you’re eligible but you want your child to have packed lunches you should still register because the school will receive the funding which can support your child in other ways.


How Do I Register?


You only need to register once at the school.


To register, please visit the Suffolk County Council via the link: Apply for Free School Meals


More Information


For more information about pupil premium go to our website, which contains details of how the pupil premium has been spent in the past academic year and how it will be spent this year.


If you have any questions or specific concerns, please contact the Academy Office via email: