School Milk

3rd December 2014

Dear Parents and Carers


Changes to School Milk


From 1st January 2015, as part of the new school food plan, schools across England are legally obliged to ensure that milk is available during the school day to all pupils up to the age of 18.


Nursery and Reception children under five years old

Under the Department of Health Nursery Milk scheme we currently offer our nursery children milk free of charge.  From January this will extend to Reception children who are under five up until the half-term before their fifth birthday.  In the half-term before your child turns five we will write to you and ask if you wish for your child to continue having milk in the half-term in which they are five.  We will request the necessary payment at this time to provide the milk for the following half-term.


Reception children aged five years old and all children in Years 1 to 6

For children aged five in the following half-term, older Reception children, and all other children in Years 1 to 6, milk will be offered but it is chargeable to the parents.  We currently offer this to our Key Stage 1 and Reception children but, under the new school food plan, this will be extended to Key Stage 2 children too.


Children who are Pupil Premium will be offered milk free of charge.


All milk is ordered per half term.  We cannot administer daily/weekly changes to the order.  Each half term we will write to you asking if you wish to order milk for your child/ren for the following half term.  This letter will clearly state a deadline for reply slips and any necessary payment needed.  Please respond by the deadline stated as we want to avoid parents/children being disappointed because they have not ordered milk in time.


All milk offered will be lower fat (less than 1.8% fat content) such as semi skimmed, and it will be offered to the children at morning break.  It will be a 189ml serving which is ⅓ pint.


Please contact the school office if you have any queries.


Yours sincerely



Christine Chell