Powys Catering/School Dinners

We are pleased to announce that Ysgol Penmaes will be implementing the new cashless catering system from Thursday 12th October 2017.  All pupils will use the cashless catering system to purchase school dinners. Our desire is to improve on the quality of the school meals’ service at our school and this system will enable us to achieve this goal.

This system incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need for pupils to bring cheques and cash into the school.   The system will allow complete privacy for those pupils entitled to Free School Meals and the system will automatically allocate the appropriate accounts with the free school meal amounts. 
If you have any questions you can email:  cashless.catering@powys.gov.uk

School dinners are now £2.45 per day for pupils in Year 6 or below or £12.25 per week
School dinners are now £2.55 per day for pupils in Year 7 or above or £12.75 per week

The School Meals Service aims to encourage healthier eating: menus used are chosen with this aim in mind and known harmful additives are avoided. In primary schools a variety of meal options are available including traditional meals, salad and tuck.(sample menus are sent to parents/carers from time to time). 

If you are on a low income, Powys can help you with the cost of school meals for any pupil in full time education. They can also help you with clothing costs if you have a child who is moving up to Year 7 at school.

Free School Meals

If you register for free school meals, even if your child decides never to have a school lunch, you can:

  • Save up to £400 a year for each primary school child
  • Help your school and other schools in Powys to benefit from funding because you have registered
  • Registering for Free School Meals might also qualify you for other help and assistance.

To register is easy and confidential. You don't have to tell the school.

Who can get free meals?

To get free meals in Powys schools, the parents/carers must get one of the following:
1. Income support
2. Job seekers allowance (Income based)
3. If you are an Asylum Seeker getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act
4. State pension guaranteed credit
5. Employment and support allowance - income based
6. Child tax credit. HM Revenue and Customs must also have worked out your household income as £16,190 a year or less.

You can also get free school meals if you are entitled to a working tax credit 'run-on' payment for four weeks after stopping work or reducing working hours to under 16 hours a week.

A pupil must be in full time education to claim free meals. 

Clothing Grants

If your child is eligible for free school meals, you can also get a school uniform grant when they start Year 7 at high school or who go to a special school, special needs resource base or pupil referral unit and are aged 11 at the start of the school year.

Application forms are available online to be completed: Click this link and it will take you to the online application https://customer.powys.gov.uk/article/3758/Free-school-meals--help-with-school-clothing