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School Meals


If you would like any recipes used in the menus please contact: Gill Jones on 07794 627915. Wherever possible we endeavour to source our ingredients locally...

Winter Menu 2016/17

Special Diets, Allergies and Intolerances

We cater for a wide range of special dietary requirements and offer vegetarian options on a daily basis; current customer requirements are varied to include coeliac, soya, halal and diabetic.

We also provide meals to pupils with allergens and/or intolerances to specific products. The Food Standards Agency’s website has established a list of 14 allergens:

  • Gluten
  • Milk
  • Crustaceans
  • Celery
  • Molluscs
  • Mustard
  • Eggs
  • Sesame
  • Fish
  • Lupin
  • Peanuts
  • Nuts
  • Soybeans
  • Sulphur dioxide at levels above 10mg/kg, or 10mg/litre, expressed as SO2

In the event that your child has a requirement for a special diet and/or has an allergy/intolerance to any of the above listed allergens, we ask you to inform the catering staff at the school immediately so that suitable meals can be planned and prepared for your child/children.

Please complete the ‘Provision of Medically Prescribed Diets’ authority form.

Special Diet Leaflet

Please note that secondary schools operate an 'in house' catering service, therefore, further details can be obtained by contacting the schools directly.

How to pay for your child's school lunch

School lunches cost £2.35 per day (£11.75 per week). This should be paid every Monday in advance to the School Meals clerk at the school. Payment is preferred in the form of a cheque made payable to Ceredigion County Council, however cash is also accepted. 'Alwyn Afal' dinner money envelopes are now available at your child's school.

Is your child entitled to FREE SCHOOL MEALS?

Please note:
If your child is entitled to free school meals, a packed lunch can be provided by the school kitchen should he or she be partaking in any school trips. The kitchen will require at least 2 days notice.

The Benefits of a School Meal

  • Your child can benefit from healthy nutritious meals, saving you time not to have to make a packed lunch.
  • Children benefit from sitting down and eating together at a table and are encouraged to try new foods.
  • Your child will develop healthy eating habits at an early age which hopefully will continue into later life. 
  • Your child will receive a 1/3 of their daily nutritional requirements by having a school meal.
  • Meals are balanced and healthy and there is variety from one day to the next. 
  • We cater for vegetarians and all special diets whilst considering religious and medical nutritional requirements. 
  • Your child can join in with special themed meals that link in with subjects being taught in class and also national initiatives. 
  • School meals are excellent value for money and provide a healthy and nutritious two course meal and drink for £2.35, so why not give it a go!
Free School Meals

​You will be eligible to receive the allowance on behalf of your child/children if BOTH the following criteria apply: -

1. The pupils (aged 4+) attend schools under the jurisdiction of Ceredigion Education Authority on a full-time basis


2. The pupils live with a parent, partner or legal guardian currently receiving either:

  • Income Support; or
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance; or
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IR); or
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
    PLEASE NOTE: If you receive Working Tax Credit you do not qualify; or
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Application and Renewals

In the first instance please complete an application form, available from the download section on this page, or if you prefer please contact the Education Authority (01970 633650) and your claim can be processed immediately over the phone. Initial and ongoing checks to confirm your eligibility will be made using your National Insurance Number and Date of Birth so renewals, in these cases, should be automatic once your claim is processed.

Where checks are impossible or inconclusive we will ask you to provide documentary proof. For applicants in receipt of Income Support, free school meals will then be granted for a six month period. For applicants in receipt of Child Tax Credits, free school meals will be granted for the duration of the financial year covered by their notification letter from HM Revenue & Customs. Around a month before the end of these periods a Renewal form will be sent out for you to complete.

In instances where the evidence of qualifying Child Tax Credit is late being sent to the claimant by HM Revenue & Customs, parents should immediately forward their application form to this Office with a note stating that they still await receipt of their notification letter. Parents will initially have to pay for school meals but free school meals will be retrospectively authorised and parents will be refunded for the cost of meals received and paid for from the date of receipt of the application form once they receive and submit the confirmatory documentary evidence from HM Revenue & Customs for the current financial year.


Application form

Changes in Circumstances

If your circumstances change then you will need to inform the Education Authority immediately. In instances where claimants fail to notify the Authority of changes that affect their children's entitlement to free school meals, the Authority reserves the right to take suitable action.

School Breakfast

​Free school breakfast is available to all primary school children within the County, 33 out of 54 schools are currently participating in the initiative.

Ask your school for details of times etc.

Available for breakfast :-

  • Toast – with flora low fat spread, low sugar jam or marmalade
  • Cereal- Rice Krispies, Cornflakes or Weetabix served with semi skimmed milk and no sugar
  • Fruit Juice.

​We are proud of the standards we achieve in serving nutritional meals to Ceredigion school pupils and our efforts have been recognised over the years with various rewards and commendations.

Mrs Susan Owen Jones- Cook in Charge at Ysgol Y Dderi Llangybi, who recently won the SCOTY Award (School Cook of The Year). She will represent Wales in the National finals in May. Her winning recipes will appear on this year's Winter menu.
​Mrs Susan Jones, Cook in Charge at Ysgol Y Dderi, she won the LACA award for - Welsh Primary School Catering Frontline Employee of the Year 2011.
​Mrs Sue Evans Catering Supervisor at Penglais Comprehensive who won the LACA (Local Authority Catering Association) Frontline Employee of the Year in the Secondary Schools Section.  
​LACA Welsh Primary Catering Team of the Year Aberaeron Primary School –Mrs Gail Jones and Mrs Alison Lally.
​Mary Jones Cook in Charge at Ffynnonbedr Primary School Lampeter, who won the regional LACA SCOTY (School Cook of the year) competition and came second in the all Wales finals, with her winning dishes of Chilli Lamb Rice Buritos with Minted Yoghurt & Seasonal Salad and Homemade Fruit in Jelly Served with Rachel's Dairy Yoghurt & Homemade Chocolate Biscuit



Telephone: 01970 633650
Post: Free School Meals
Learning Services
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