School Meals

What do we offer

The North Yorkshire County Caterer’s School Meals Service operates a Healthy Eating policy which is reflected in the menus offered. Three weekly menus are sent home each term for children to select their meals for the full term. Hot school lunches are prepared on site every day and are available to all children. We are pleased to be able to cater for all tastes by allowing families the option of selecting the days they would like a hot lunch each week.

The cost is £2.50 per day or £12.50 per week, payable in advance on ParentPay.

All school meals are prepared to a very high standard. A freshly prepared two course meal will be offered every day with meat and vegetarian options available. All food served in school will be nutritionally balanced based on the government’s nutritional guidelines to ensure that children can work better in the afternoons. Children who have a dietary requirement may also be catered for including religious, cultural or allergy and/or intolerance diets. Please contact school if your child requires a special diet or ask to speak to the school cook directly.

Here are the menus for the autumn term:

2018-2019 Autumn week 1

2018-2019 Autumn week 2

2018-2019 Autumn week 3

Qualifying for free school meals KS2 Pupils - Years 3 to 6
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
  • 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Please note that contributions-based benefits, including contribution-related Jobseekers' Allowance do not entitle you to claim free school meals.

Government funding provides pupils in Year Reception, 1 and 2 with a school meal at no cost to the parent. School meals are healthy, tasty, social and fun and choosing a school lunch for your child will help save you up to £475 per year if you take up the offer. If you are eligible for free school meals, having considered the above criteria but your child already receives the free school meals funded by the government for children in year Reception, 1 or 2, please do still apply.  The school receives 'Pupil Premium Funding' which is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.

If your family is eligible for free school meals, please complete the attached forms and return them to school office or NYCC Welfare department.

Year 3 to 6 Free School Meal application form

Year Reception, 1 & 2 free school meal application

More information regarding free school meals for children in all year groups can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website by clicking here  - Free School Meals

Can my child still bring a packed lunch?

Yes they can, but we would encourage them to try a school lunch. This will give them a varied and balanced diet and save you time and money. If you wish your child to have a packed lunch then we ask that you provide a healthy one, which is low in saturated fats, salt and sugar and no glass bottles or fizzy drinks are sent in. (Please avoid pastries, crisps and chocolate on a daily basis and encourage salads and fruit). Packed lunches are stored in an area which is not refrigerated so please be aware of this when choosing the contents.

More information about NYCC Meals can be found here - NYCC School Meals

Advice on healthy lunches may be found can be found here - My School Lunch

As part of the government initiative to encourage children to eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day, all children in Reception, Year 1 & 2 receive a free piece of fruit each day. The children self-select which fruit they would like and at what time of the day. Children in other year groups are invited to bring a piece of fruit from home to eat during this time. Should you wish your child not to receive this fruit or if you are aware of any allergies, please let your child’s class teacher know.

Our school milk scheme

Our school provides a milk scheme that is available to all of our pupils and we would like to invite you to register your child. School milk is free for under-5s, and for over-5s it is available at a subsidised* price of  22 pence per day.

Each child that registers with Cool Milk will receive a 189ml portion of semi-skimmed milk every day, delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom.  Their school milk will not only provide them with essential nutrients, but as it is rehydrating and energy boosting, it also bridges the gap between breakfast and lunch to help children stay focused. For more information on how milk can benefit children visit Why milk is great

 How to register

If your child is under five:

  • Register online at Cool Milk or complete a registration form available from the school office.
  • Register by a Tuesday at 5pm for your child’s free milk to start the following week.
  • Free milk will continue until the Friday before your child’s fifth birthday. You will receive a payment request four weeks before their birthday - if you wish your child to continue to receive school milk, simply make a payment.

If your child is five or older:

  • Register and pay online at Cool Milk
  • Alternatively, fill in a registration form available from the school office – once Cool Milk has processed your form, you will receive a payment request
  • You can pay Cool Milk either online, over the phone or at a local PayPoint in half-termly, termly or annual instalments.
  • Please pay by a Tuesday at 5pm for your child’s milk to start the following week

 If you have any questions regarding school milk please visit Cool Milk  or contact Cool Milk directly on 0844 854 2913.

* Milk for under-5s is provided free of charge, fully funded by the Department of Health.  Milk for over-5s is subsidised by the Rural Payments Agency and the E.U.