North Yorkshire School Meals
Our school meals follow a healthy-eating policy.
Our meals are produced freshly every day in a school kitchen from only:
- fresh meat and poultry sourced from the region
- fruit and vegetables sourced regionally where possible using local suppliers
- products free from additives associated with health problems in young children
- fats free from hydrogenated oils
- with menus that are nutritionally balanced
Children can have a cooked lunch, cooked each day on the premises, or they may bring a packed lunch and drink with them. Please make sure that all lunch boxes are named and that drinks are in unbreakable containers. For health and safety reasons the school operates a no nuts policy due to an increasing number of children having allergic reactions to nuts.
Menus showing the school meal options for each week are sent out every term. The cost of school meals is £2.37 a day or £11.85 a week. You will be notified of any changes by letter as and when they occur during the school year. In order to remove cash and cheques from school we now offer parents the opportunity to use our secure online ParentPay system for school dinners or via Pay Point facilities in local shops.
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for a free school meal under current government regulations.
Advice on these matters as well as sample menus can be obtained from the school office or via this link,
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available to children whose parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- income support
- income-based job seeker’s allowance
- income-related employment and support allowance
- child tax credit with an income of less than £16,190 and not in receipt of working tax credit
- support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999
- guarantee element of state pension credit.
Where parents are entitled to working tax credit during a four week “run on” period immediately after their employment has ceased, or after they have started to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.
Children who receive income support or income based jobseeker’s allowance in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.
Should you meet the above criteria, you can apply by using the application form in the useful downloads section.
Applications are usually processed the same day. If your child is entitled to free school meals you will receive a letter confirming the date when the meals will start. The school is also notified that your child is entitled to free school meals. In the meantime, you should continue to pay for free school meals until confirmation comes through. Schools may be able to arrange a reimbursement of any monies paid whilst your entitlement is being confirmed. If you are not entitled to free school meals you will be notified in writing.
Further Information provided by North Yorkshire County Council