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School Lunches

Healthy Living

The governors and staff of the school are committed to encouraging the children to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables during their school week in order to support parents ensure a better diet for their children. 

Additionally, the Government has introduced a scheme whereby every child in Foundation and Key Stage One is entitled to one piece of fruit or vegetable each day free of charge.

Each child is also given a water bottle when he/she joins the school and this remains on the classroom desk for the day, so that water can be readily accessed at any time of the day. This bottle is taken home each night to be washed and replenished ready for the next day.

School Meals

Similarly, the canteen staff is also committed to providing a balanced menu and follows the ‘Fresh Start’ scheme. This is a national initiative that guarantees a good quality balanced meal using freshly prepared ingredients sourced locally wherever possible.

Our meals are freshly made each day in the kitchen at Axminster Primary Academy.  

  • At least 75% of dishes are freshly prepared
  • Meat is farm assured and eggs are from cage-free hens
  • Menus are seasonal and in-season food is highlighted
  • All dietary needs are catered for
  • Staff members receive regular training and
  • No undesirable additives and hydrogenated fats are used.

Our kitchen also cooks meals for several other local schools. Meals should be paid for, in advance, via parent pay. Menus are sent home at the start of each term. Pupils can bring their own packed lunches if they are not choosing a school meal on a particular day.

Universal Infant Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in Reception and KS1 are entitled to a Free School Meal. We are delighted that over 90% of eleigible children at Axminster are taking up the option of having a healthy fresh school meal each day. 

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. Please ring Devon County Council Free School Meals on 0345 1551019 if you think you may be eligible - you will usually be given an immediate decision and the school will be notified on your behalf.

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

  • Income-based & Contribution-based JSA or ESA on an equal basis
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (IRESA)
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

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

You can also apply on line by visiting Free School Meals - register online or phone 0345 1551019

Announcement

Please sign up for SZAPP (click on SZAPP) to receive the weekly updates and correspondance as we are trying to reduce the amount of paper going home. Copies will always be available in the office. 

Reminder for Parents and Carers:  Just to remind you all that children do not need to be in school on Friday 18th October as this is an Inset Day.

Canoeing fun

10 Jul 2019

On Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June, some of our Year 6 children experienced a canoeing taster day organised by the Axe Vale Canoe Club in Axmouth. They enjoyed paddling up the river beyond Axmouth,...

Royal Maths Institute afternoon

05 Apr 2019

RI Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Masterclasses are hands-on and interactive extracurricular sessions led by top experts from academia and industry for keen a...

Fabulous Friction!

05 Apr 2019

Colyton Grammar School Science Department came and did a workshop called 'Fabulous Friction!'. Since then, Year 5 have worked hard on their own projects and we now have two entries for the science fai...

World War One Workshop

05 Apr 2019

A World War One soldier visited for Year 5 and 6 to show them what it was like to live during this time.

Magdalen Farm Forest School

11 Dec 2018

Forest School – a day at Magdalen Farm! On Thursday 6th December, Miss Mayes and Mrs Kew had the pleasure of taking six children to Magdalen Farm for a Forest School day.  The purpose of th...

Acorn MAT supports local fallen hero's

15 Nov 2018

Chidren from Axminster Academy, Mrs E's and Chardstock all came together to lay tributes to the 68 men, from the parish of Axminster, who died in WW1. A wonderful service included readign fromthe chil...

Acorn MAT supports local fallen hero's

15 Nov 2018

Chidren from Axminster Academy, Mrs E's and Chardstock all came together to lay tributes to the 68 men, from the parish of Axminster, who died in WW1. A wonderful service included readign fromthe chil...

New lease of life for play area in North Street, Axminster

27 Jun 2018

Axminster Community Primary Academy and Little Acorns @ Axminster are so proud to support this wonderful project. The children really felt a strong desire to improve the local community and I am immen...

Canoeing

08 Jun 2018

14 children from Year 5 and 6 went canoeing on Wednesday 6th June to the Axe Vale Canoe Club in Axmouth. Everyone really enjoyed the day paddling up the estuary and River Axe beyond Axmouth and p...

New arrivals

13 Mar 2018

We have some new arrivals and Beech class are taking full advantage to use them as a model for descriptive sentences! 

World Book Day

09 Mar 2018

On Friday 9th March, the children (and staff) all came into school dressed as a character from their favourite book.  The costumes were amazing!  Thank you to all parents and carers who help...

Early Years Activities

26 Feb 2018

The children in our Early Years Centre have been very busy recently.  They have been talking about their pets and the children and some of our teachers have brought in photos of their animals for...

Maple & Spruce classes

05 Feb 2018

Maple and Spruce class Pupils in Year 3 and 4 have been busy working on their latest topic – Extreme Animals.  The children have discovered a multitude of fascinating facts about animals &...

@Bristol

18 Jul 2017

On Monday 26th June, Spruce and Rowan classes went to @Bristol Science Museum to support their learning of the science curriculum.  They had a fabulous day and were able to learn more about frict...

Sports Day

18 Jul 2017

Today Axminster Community Primary Academy held its annual Sports Day.  Thankfully the recent heatwave was over and we were able to hold the event as scheduled.  Our children excelled in the...

Axe Vale Festival

18 Jul 2017

The children of Spruce and Rowan classes have been working hard, with Mrs Hogarth the Art Teacher, designing a poster on the theme "Axminster Carnival" for the Axe Vale Festival. Although all the chil...

Tadpole update

18 Jul 2017

The tadpoles that Beech Class were studying last term have continued to thrive! 

Election Week

18 Jul 2017

Here at Axminster Community Primary Academy, a decision was made to change the names of our four team colours Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. With the general elections drawing closer, our school council...