School Lunches

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We try to encourage children to lead healthy lifestyles and to help them to understand the importance of a balanced diet and sufficient exercise.

School Meals

Hot school meals are served every day.

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Universal Infant Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in Reception and KS1 will be entitled to a Free School Meal.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

We encourage all parents who are eligible for the following benefits to apply for Free School Meals even if they are in Reception or KS1. This is because the school receives extra income, currently £1300 per year, which we use to provide additional support for your child. Details of how to apply for free school meals in Dorset can be found by clicking here, or by ringing 01305 221 000

You can register for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Income-Based Job Seekers' Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • If a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are also entitled to free school meals.

Please see the Pupil Premium Page for more information on the benefits of receiving Free School Meals.

Water

Children are expected to bring a water bottle to use in school and encourage them to drink water regularly. Drinking water is known to promote healthy bodies and alert minds.

Snacks/Fruit

Children in Foundation and Key Stage One are provided with a piece of fruit each day, funded by the National Health Service. Older children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit or vegetable (carrot, celery etc) to eat during morning play (NOT biscuits, crisps or chocolate) Please support us in these efforts to develop healthy eating habits

Packed Lunches

There is a wealth of evidence now about the effect of food on children's behaviour and concentration. We therefore ask you to please consider carefully what you provide for your child each day if they bring a packed lunch. Sweets are not allowed, but we also discourage chocolate bars and an over-reliance on processed snacks. Sandwiches and fresh fruit are ideal, providing the right kind of energy for your child to make the most of their afternoon in school.

Announcement

Do you have a child who will be starting school in September 2022?

We would love to show you around our wonderful school.

Please contact us on 01297 678224 or email marshwoodoffice@acornacademy.org to book an appointment.

Long Eared Bat Conservation Project

09 Jul 2021

Staff from East Devon ANOB visited the school today for an art themed Long Eared Bat conservation workshop. During the day children in KS2 produced stunning habitat acetate OHP paintings alo...

Olympic Sailors

05 Jul 2021

Lamberts Class enjoyed a super days sailing at the Olympic Sailing Centre in Portland today as part of their end of year Japan 2021 Olympics topic. A brilliant experience for all who went. 

Activities Week

02 Jul 2021

Today marks the end of an amazing week of activities for Years 5 and 6. Since Monday, they have enjoyed sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, high ropes, rock-climbing, hiking, paddling in the seas, an...

Break The Rules Day...

25 Jun 2021

Today the PFA have organised a 'Break The Rules Day' at Marshwood. How many rules will you child/children (and even the staff break in one day? 

KS2 - First Aid and CPR Training

25 Jun 2021

All children in KS2 at Marshwood CE Primary Academy enjoyed a day of physical health and wellbeing as they learnt the basics of First Aid from Anne-Marie Chapman from the South West Ambulance Ser...

Rosalind Monks Inspired Art

24 Jun 2021

Lamberts Class have been exploring the work of British artist Rosalind Monks. Rosalind is famous for using lines to create intricate patterns within the bodies of insects and other animals. She c...

Dorset AONB Art Project

23 Jun 2021

Our Year 3 and 4 children enjoyed a minibeast themed visit to nearby Lamberts Castle with local artist Rowan Beecham and storyteller Martin Maudsley this week. The morning was part of a Dorset AONB pr...

Mental Health Ambassadors

22 Jun 2021

Today, 8 children in Years 4 and 5 underwent Mental Health Ambassador training so that they can work with staff to ensure Marshwood is a mentally healthy a school as possible. This training took place...

Move It Week 2021

21 Jun 2021

This week is National Schools Sports Week. This is when schools nationwide take part in sporting events and activities. This year, Dorset School Games have created ‘Move It Week’ to get Do...

Bikeability 2021

18 Jun 2021

Huge congratulations to our Year 6 cyclists who successfully completed their Level 1 and Level 2 bikability courses this week in and around the village of Thorncombe. As part of their traini...