Coronavirus (COVID-19): Free School Meals FSM Guidance for schools 31.3.2020

“We understand that schools will have different approaches to how they currently provide free School meals to eligible children.

You may currently provide free school meals using:

A local authority catering service

The steps you take to support pupils may be different depending on the individual circumstances of the school. Where schools are not able to provide eligible pupils with meals or food parcels through their current food provider, they can provide eligible families with supermarket vouchers in term time weeks.”


At Thornhill Primary School we will continue to provide eligible pupils with food parcels through our current provider RMBC – the local authority catering service. This service will begin again, after the Easter holidays from Monday 20th April 2020.

We need parents come to the hall doors each day between 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock to pick up food parcels for their children. 

Please ensure that you adhere to the rules on social distancing and keep yourselves and your family at a distance from other families collecting food parcels.

Please note: Further to Government Guidance, we are concentrating our efforts and resourcing on children in all year groups, who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

There is now no requirement to continue to provide universal free school meals FSM to pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who are unable to attend school.

Thank you

Mrs. Benton

Head Teacher

): Free School Meals FSM Guidance for schools 31.3.2020


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Thornhill Primary – our curriculum……

At Thornhill we say ‘Every child, every lesson, every day’. We believe that regular attendance, inspirational school staff and focused learning will secure ‘Lifelong learners’ who make the right choices based on being a good citizen in our learning community. Having a varied, relevant and stimulating curriculum supports all children to achieve our vision. But our curriculum intent is more than this.

We know that the decision made about subject content and the way the themes are constructed and delivered creates the ‘what’ will be taught and learnt.

Our staff have created a clear pathway for all the children at Thornhill. This is ignited by the themes the children engage with over a week, a term and a year. Time has been well spent on designing a curriculum that gives breadth and depth, knowledge and investigation, resilience and empathy. The sequencing of themes have also been important in matching ‘quality first hand visits’ to local, national and world wide issues and to engage the imagination of all children. Teaching is planned and sequenced for excitement and engagement and the management team believe the right people are leading the right curriculum areas.

Staff know the curriculum works well for our children, and coordinator position statements tell the SLT and Governors how they know. All subject leaders are confident in sharing what requires improvement and the actions they are taking with the whole school to implement the best changes. The choices around the themes that are taught centre around inclusivity – we ensure all the new English language learners in school – (we have 34 languages) – have supported learning. Our core business is adapting the curriculum we offer to support those children on School action or on an EHC plan.

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