Dinners and Milk
Tucasi is the provider for the cashless system used for school meal payments.
Families have various methods of making payment securely. These are as follows:
Online – using a debit card via Tucasi’s internet payment service www.scopay.com
Over the counter – by presenting the barcoded letter at any PayPoint outlet (if you need a copy of your child’s barcoded letter please let us know and we will send one home).
Via mobile device – by visiting the Tucasi website (www.scopay.com) and accessing the special mobile friendly features.
Please follow these instructions if you are experiencing problems with the Tucasi mobile app:
- You will need to browse to the Tucasi website from your mobile device.
- You will then be prompted with the option of using the mobile “web app”, as opposed to the mobile “native app”.
- The difference between the 2 types of apps is that the native app can be downloaded from the app store, whilst the web app is accessed via a web browser on your phone.
KS2 School Meals:
Please remember that all meals must be paid for in advance either weekly, monthly, half termly or termly. Luton Borough Council does not allow parents to accrue any debt related to school meals. The cost is £2.00 per day or £10.00 per week.
We regret that it is not possible to swap and change between a school meal and a packed lunch on a daily basis, except on Fridays when packed lunch children can have a ‘Fun Day Friday’ meal.
If you wish to change from a packed lunch to a school meal (or vice versa), we would ask that ideally you try to give the kitchen a notice period of one week wherever possible.
Paying for your child's school dinners
Stopsley Primary School uses the Tucasi cashless system to pay for school dinners. When your child joins the school, you will be given login details for them where you can 'top up' your funds for school dinners, much like a mobile phone top up. If you have any queries or questions regarding your Tucasi account or the service, please contact the School Office on 01582 611035.
To access the Tucasi Payment Portal, please click here.
School lunches are freshly cooked on the premises. Each day there is a choice of three hot lunches together with vegetables or salad. There is always a selection of puddings too! Special dietary needs can be catered for as long as we know. Often our packed lunch children choose to have a school meal on our Theme Days and especially on each Friday – our Fun Day (pizza and chips!)
You may prefer to provide a packed lunch for your child. We operate a healthy lunch policy and would ask you to ensure that you provide a healthy, balanced packed lunch in a suitable, named container. Our children eat their lunch in the dining room with the rest of the children.
A drink of water needs to be provided in a plastic bottle. No fizzy drinks are allowed and we have a no sweets and chocolate rule too.
Any break time snack, such as fruit, needs to be placed in a separate plastic bag as children cannot take food from the lunch trolley in the morning.
No nuts are allowed in packed lunches - even if your child is not allergic.
Free School Meals
As part of the Government scheme, all children in KS1 are entitled to Free School Meals. Many children dont take up their free school meal, which could save parents over £350 per child every year.
Pupils are now spoilt for choice with a nutritional, balenced menu, meeting government standards, where they can choose from a variety of freshly cooked main meals and desserts. For example: roast dinners, spaghetti bolognaise, chicken tikka, vegetable moussaka and delicious desserts such as raspberry and apple crumble or Mississippi mud pie. Also, on a daily basis they can enjoy a selection of fresh salad, fruit and yoghurt.
If your child is in KS2, they will be entitled to free school meals if you or your partner receives any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit and an annual income less than £16,190
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit 'run-on' (the payment you may recieve for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit) - Free meals apply for these four weeks only
Children are provided with a free carton of milk if they are under the age of 5 years old. If they are 5 and over, they are given free milk only if the child is in receipt of Financial Free School Meals (see Pupil Premium). This does not include Universal Free School Meals for Reception to Year 2.
If a child is not entitled to free milk, parents may choose to pay for their child to have a carton of milk. Please speak to the Office team for further information. All payments must be made in advance.