Pictor Academy do not have a Facebook page at present, however, our parents do have their own – they use it to plan events etc.

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School Meals

Pictor Academy


The Education Catering service provides a quality, value for money nutritionally balanced mid-day meal. The menus are constantly reviewed and refreshed. The aim is to maximise school meal uptake, promote healthy eating and provide a pleasant dining experience.

The menus are rotated on a 3 weekly basis;

The government has decided that from September 2014, all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 should be able to have a free school meal at lunchtime. This offer does not depend on your household income or whether you receive any benefits – every child in these year groups is eligible to take up the offer.

The government has decided to fund free school lunches for all pupils in this age group, following the Department for Education’s recent review of school food.

In a trial, it was found that pupils who ate a high quality school lunch achieved better academically than those who did not. They were also more likely to eat healthier foods such as vegetables at lunchtime instead of less healthy foods such as crisps.

Parents in the trial appreciated saving the cost of school lunches (currently £2.30 per child per day) and not having to spend time preparing packed lunches.

Free School Meals based on low income

Why you should apply

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  This funding is given to Pictor School based on how many of our parents are claiming the free school meal allowance that they are entitled to.

During the 2013/14 financial year, the government gave schools an additional £953 for every primary school child registered for free school meals (or who had been registered at any time during the last 6 years).  For 2014/15, the funding is £1,300 per child.

Please note that no-one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

** You should apply for Free School Meals if you are eligible EVEN IF your child is entitled to Universal School Meals (because they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2) and EVEN IF you want your child to continue taking a packed lunch, to enable Pictor School to receive Pupil Premium funding. **

How to apply

You can apply online at:


Our parent liaison officer, Ali Tyrer, will be able to help you with any aspect of applying for Free School Meals.

She is contactable through School or on 07967 621956.

Do you qualify?

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

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Teaching over time is outstanding, ensuring that pupils make rapid gains in their learning.

Ofsted Report

February 2015

Pictor Academy

Pictor Academy caters for children aged 2 – 11 with special educational needs arising from a range of conditions. A large number of pupils have an autistic spectrum disorder. This means that they have difficulties communicating and interacting with others. They will also have difficulties with play and imagination. Some of our pupils have physical difficulties whilst others may have a language disorder or have a general developmental delay.

Mission Statement

We promote achievement for all and an enjoyment in learning for life

We help each pupil to succeed through a challenging curriculum, innovative teaching and highly trained, experienced staff

We build effective and engaging learning partnerships between school and home

Outreach Support

We are now able to offer the following outreach support to settings:

• observation and advice on meeting the needs of a targeted pupil including strategies, differentiating the curriculum and developing Individual Education Plans

• training packages to support a school in meeting the needs of a targeted pupil

• workshops for staff training and development