Universal Free School Meals
All children in Early Years (Reception) and KS1 (Years 1 & 2) currently receive a universal free school meal. This means their school lunch is provided free of charge for the first three years of primary school. We strongly encourage families to access this universal benefit allowing their child to have a free hot meal each school day.
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.
The benefits of free school meals extend beyond a free school meal and are as follows:
- A free school meal after the universal free school meal entitlement finishes at the end of year 2
- subsidised music tuition
- access to pupil premium funding
- subsidised to residential visits to NYCC outdoor education centre
We would encourage all families who are eligible for free school meals even when they are in Early Years or Years 1 & 2 as there are benefits beyond the free school meals as outline above. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact either school office.
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 job seeker’s allowance in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.
Should you meet the above criteria, please click on the link below to access the form which needs to be completed.
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
Our Meal Service
We are proud to work in partnership with Dolce Ltd as our provider of school meals.
We are pleased to work with a provider who are proactive in considering the health and well being needs of children and the impact of meal production on the environment.
Please see the menus from January 2020.
Paid School meals
We encourage children in KS2 to continue having a hot meal at lunch time as this brings many benefits. KS2 paid meals are very reasonably priced at £2.30 daily. In order to provide maximum fexibility to parents, you can choose on a day to day basis between school meals and packed lunches.
Payment for school lunches should be paid via Parentmail.co.uk. Parents who think they may be entitled to free school meals should look at the information at the top of this page and or contact the school office.
Children may bring a packed lunch if their parents wish. We ask that packed lunches support children in developing healthy choices. We respectfully request packed lunches do not include any of the following:
Fizzy or energy drinks
A typical healthy packed lunch would include:
Crisps or savoury biscuit (mini Cheddar)
Biscuit or tray bake eg. flapjack
All children have access to water throughout the day.
We ask all children having packed lunches to take their rubbish home with them in order that parents can see what children have eaten.
To promote healthy eating, children in Early years and KS1 can access free fruit/vegetables at snack time. Children in KS2 may bring a piece of fruit for snack time. Children having packed lunches must not eat any other item from their packed lunches apart from their fruit.