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The Beacon C of E (VA) Primary School

'Living life in all its fullness' (John 10:10)


1 Beacon Place, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2SR

01395 264300


School Meals


School meals are available at a cost of £2.35.  These are provided for our pupils in partnership with Marpool School's kitchen.  You can access the menu planner here.  A copy of Marpool Primary School's 'School Lunch and Nutritional Policy' is attached which gives more information about the standards adopted when planning and preparing school lunches.  Meal choices should be booked online before 8am of each school day, and can be booked a week, month or term ahead.   Please make your payment through our online system for school meals using the School Gateway app.  Please see the office for more information.

A copy of the menu for Spring Term 2021 can be found here.

Please click here for the School Food Standard guidelines which Marpool Primary School operate to.

Free School Meals (FSM) and the Pupil Premium Grant

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding paid directly to schools where parents / carers have applied for it.  This funding is used to support your child's education.  In addition, children in receipt of the grant receive free school meals.

All children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 at state schools in England automatically get free school meals.  However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional 'pupil premium' funding to support learning.

From year 3 onwards, children whose parents are getting any of the following are entitled to free school meals:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.00, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBSJA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA).
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190.00)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on  (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).

Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get free school meals.

Claiming Free School Meals opens up different opportunities for you, your child and the school.  Even if you do not intend claiming your meals, the school receives significant extra funding to support our work. You may also be able to access different avenues of support, for example through requesting help with residential trip payments.

Devon's information page about the Pupil Premium Grant is here

The quickest way to apply for free school meals is through the online self-service platform which enables you to access a free school meal eligibility check on  Please note that the service is for people who hold parental responsibility and the school can not log in to the portal on your behalf.  If you are entitled to free school meals, please take a print of the screen confirming you are eligible or a screen shot, and pass this to the School Office.  Alternatively you can call Devon County Council's free school meals team on 0345 155 1019.

Please note that from 1 April 2018, all children currently getting free school meals will continue to do so while Universal Credit is rolled out.  This will apply even if their parents’ earnings rise above the new threshold during that time.  In addition, any child who becomes eligible for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing these during the Universal Credit roll-out period.  Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because their earnings are above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (such as primary or secondary).  The Universal Credit roll-out is currently expected to complete in March 2022.