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This page was updated on Wednesday 24th June


St. John's is helping ensure that free school meal children still have meals or food during the partial closure. We are either providing meals in school or fortnightly food hampers for free school meal children. 

  • Children that normally have free school meals but are still at home are able to come and collect a fortnightly food hamper from school.
  • Children that are attending school will have a free school meal every day in school. These parents can not have a fortnightly food hamper as well. 


We are not providing tokens as government advice is clear and that schools should use their kitchens is possible. See the link at the bottom of this web page. 


There are three sections below.

  • Section one - term time hampers
  • Section two - summer holiday hampers
  • Section three - general information about hampers


1) Term time hampers

Collecting ordered hampers during term time. 

Ordered hampers can be collected on the day any time between 10am and 11.30am on the following days

  • Friday 3rd July
  • Thursday 16th July

When collecting please go straight to the kitchen door. If there is a queue please ensure that you wait at least 2m away from the person in front of you. 


Delivering ordered hampers during term time

If your family are self-isolating we have staff who have volunteered to come and deliver the hampers on Friday 3rd July and Thursday 16th July. 

  • ring the school to let us know if you need a hamper delivering by 12pm on the Wednesday before collection at the latest.


How can I order a term time hamper?

You do not need to order the hamper every fortnight. Once you have added your name to the list you will have one ordered for you for every fortnight during term time. 

If you have not ordered a hamper and would now like to add your name to the list please ring the school office and ask to speak to Mrs. Allen. 


2) Summer holiday hampers

Food hampers during the summer holidays. 

We are going to be providing two fortnightly food hampers during the summer holiday for free school meal children. These hampers can be collected from school. We will not be able to deliver them. 

These summer holiday hampers can be collected during week beginning

  • Monday 27th July
  • Monday 10th August. 

We don't know what day of the week they can be collected yet. But will share this information as soon as possible.


How can I order a summer holiday hamper?

All families that have free school meal children and have previously received a hamper do not need to order anything. We will order the hampers for you. These families DO NEED TO CHECK when their hampers can be collected. It is upsetting that some families have ordered hampers during term time but are not collecting them as this is a waste of school's money and time.

We will share dates for collection on this website as soon as possible. 


Families that have free school meal children and not received a hamper before but would now like one need to ring Mrs. Howis in the office to order one (01773 822995) BY NO LATER THAN 10am on Friday 26th June.


3) General information about hampers and free school meals 

Which free school meal children are able to have hampers?

There is no cost for these hampers they are free for the following children.
Yes - All children in year 3,4,5 and 6 that have a free school meal
Yes - Children in reception, year 1 and year 2 that are in receipt of pupil premium funding

Sorry, they are not available for reception, year one and year two children that have a universal free school meal.


What is in the hamper?

Lunch Provision

Breakfast Provision

5 baking potatoes

2 loaves of bread (white/wholemeal)

Selection of fresh fruit

1 packet of cereal

1 packet of cheese

1 pack of butter

6 fresh eggs

2 litres of fruit juice

1 tin baked beans/spaghetti hoops/ ravioli

1 jar of jam

5 tins/pots of fruit


4 litres of milk

5 fresh tomatoes


1 bag of pasta


1 tin sweetcorn



2 tins tuna chunks in brine


1 tin of soup




Government advice and requirements for schools during the partial closure. 

For the latest information from the government on how schools should be helping free school meal families. CLICK HERE.