School Meals

We are very lucky at Houghton Conquest Lower School to have our food supplied by Caterlink an award winning food service provider catering for schools.

Caterlink is the first contract caterer to achieve the ‘Food for Life’ catering mark awarded by the Soil Association which endorses caterers who deliver healthy and climate friendly menus.

September 2021

Menu choices: We ask parents to choose carefully and commit to their food choices for a full term.  Once we have completed the cycle of 3 weeks we do allow parents to make changes at this point; thereafter we ask you to commit to the choices made.  Please help us by ensuring your child’s menu choice form is returned to school promptly before the start of each term.

School Meals Booking Form With Menu For Parents Sept 2021

Food Allergy and Intolerance: Individual care/meal plans are created for pupils with food allergies.  These document symptoms and adverse reactions, actions to be taken in an emergency and emergency contact details.  Requests for special diets need to be made using official forms supplied by Caterlink.

Packed Lunches: Children can also bring a packed lunch if preferred.  The school encourages parents and carers to provide children with packes lunches that promote healthy eating.  Please note that we are a nut avoidance school.  Please do not bring any items into school that contain nuts (this includes items such as chocolate spread and chocolate pancakes (many of which contain nuts)).

Click here to find useful ways of getting more veg into your child’s lunchbox.

Lunch Costs and How to Pay (years 3 and 4 only):
September 2021: £2.50 per day; £12.50 per week or £87.50 for the half term, £17.50 for ‘Roast Wednesday’ and £17.50 for ‘Fun Friday’ .

Please note that Caterlink operate a strict NO MONEY NO LUNCH policy.  All monies to be paid IN FULL on a Monday except at the beginning of a new half term when payment is due the first day back.  Please put your payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on and give it to your child to hand in to their teacher.  Cheques should be made payable to Houghton Conquest Lower School.

Free School Meals

Are you eligible to apply for Free School Meals for your children?
Would you like to save at least £300 a year?
You may qualify if you are in receipt of any of the following:
– Income Support
– Income based Job Seekers Allowance
– Employment and Support Allowance (Income related)
– Guarantee Element of the State Pension Credit
– National Asylum Seekers Support (NASS)
– Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190

If you feel you may be eligible for this support, please call Central Bedfordshire Council on 0300 300 8306 to apply or obtain for further advice.