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A healthy diet doesn’t only help the body but also the brain, and it has been proven that children who eat healthy school meals perform better in class. Last term Berkshire East Community Health Services in partnership with Slough Borough Council came into school to look at the quality of our school dinners, and were very pleased with what they saw!


Our school dinners are healthy and balanced – and very tasty! The menus change regularly and there is always a meat and vegetarian option as well as jacket potatoes with various fillings. Recent meals have included vegetable curry and rice, baked bean lasagne and cheese and tomato pizza, and desserts include chocolate sponge with chocolate sauce, strawberry ice cream and raisin oat bars.


It is important to know what the children think of the food on offer, and so we ask them what they would like to see on the menu. Fish and chips is very popular, so we now have it every Friday! We recently asked the children for more suggestions, which we hope to see on the menu very soon. We also now have a Salad /Fresh Fruit bar.

We continue to have special theme days in Treetops e.g. heart shaped biscuits for Valentine’s Day, and pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. We look forward to seeing many of you at our next special event and hope you will take this opportunity to see for yourself how good the food is!


And finally, the cashless system, has been extremely successful. The children are enjoying paying for their dinner by touching a pad, and we no longer have to worry about lost dinner money!

Meal Entitlement


Do you qualify?


You can register your child for Meal Entitlement if you get any of these benefits:


Income Support
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit (M1000 Award Notice)
Universal Credit and my family’s net income excluding any benefit payments is less than £7,400


Whether your child is in KS1 or KS2, please remember to register for free school meals if you think you are entitled. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and the Cashless system means that claimants cannot be identified at the till. Come and talk to us if you’re not sure.

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