School Meals

Dolce is a family company run by third generation artisan caterers. We believe in blending healthy traditional home cooked meals with modern catering innovations to bring an unrivalled service that tailors for all tastes.

We offer a choice of menus per term, operating on a three-week cycle and served with a selection of healthy side dishes and a range of bread.

All our menus are nutritionally analysed to make sure they are compliant with the School Food Standards.

We only use suppliers who support British producers and tailor our fresh produce to best utilise British crops. We believe in the high standards of animal welfare and that products such as eggs are free range. By constantly reviewing our purchasing policies we ensure that we support the sustainability agenda and have traceability of our ingredients from field to fork.

Dinners are £2.90 per day for each child in KS2 which is £14.50 per week, payable through ‘Parentpay’.

Free School Meals

Qualifying for free school meals

To qualify for free school meals you must fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods (£616.67 per month);
  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

Please note that contributions-based benefits, including contribution-related Jobseekers’ Allowance do not entitle you to claim free school meals.

Applications are usually processed within five working days. You will be notified in writing, either by post or email, if your child is entitled and we will also let the school know. You should continue to pay until confirmation comes through. Schools may be able to arrange reimbursement of payment made while your entitlement is being confirmed.

Free school meals claims cannot be backdated. They are awarded from the date we receive the application, once eligibility is confirmed. This is because there is a legal requirement for a request to be made, before a free school meal can be provided.

If you are not entitled to free school meals, you will be notified in writing.

Universal free school meals for Reception & KS1

If your child is in reception, year one or year two they are automatically entitled to a free school meal. Parents who are on benefits and meet the above criteria are still encouraged to apply for funding known as pupil premium funding. This benefits the school and helps increase your child’s attainment. During the current roll out of Universal Credit if your child is approved for free school meals they will gain ‘transitional protection’.