School Meals

The school meals are provided by an external company, Taylor Shaw.  They are prepared and cooked using fresh produce every day.  We do not use frozen or pre-packed meals.  The children are offered seasonal menus which contain many of their favorites, such as home made Pizza and Spaghetti Bolognaise.

  • School meals for years 3,4,5&6 pupils are charged at £2.00 per day

All KS1 pupils are entitled to a free school meal under the Universal Free School Meal Initiative once they move into Year 3 and KS2 they are no longer entitled to this and if parents want them to continue to have a school meal the above charge applies.  For more information about Universal Free School Meals please see below:

School Meals Menus

The new winter menus will be available soon.

 

Universal Free School Meals for Parents

Introduction:

From September 2014 all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will receive free school meals. The government made this decision after a recommendation in the School Food Plan. Please see the frequently asked questions below for more information. Further information is available at www.schoolfoodplan.com and www.childrensfoodtrust.com.

Frequently asked Questions

What type of meal will my child receive?

Although the government would prefer all children be given a hot meal, many schools in Leeds will be offering 3 options: a meat based hot meal, a vegetarian hot meal and a sandwich option or similar, as well as a drink and dessert. All meals should meet the school food standards. The standards will ensure that your child will be offered fresh fruit and veg and healthier drinks at lunchtime, and get the essential nutrients they need.

Your school will either have a caterer or will provide their own catering. Many caterers prepare their food fresh on site in the school kitchen, some may use some frozen foods or pre-prepared foods. Some schools may get their food delivered hot from another school.

How will this this benefit my child?

Your child will be receiving a healthy balanced meal at lunch that provides a high amount of minerals and nutrients. Studies have shown that schools involved in a pilot study for universal free school meals, have pupils that are 3-4 months ahead academically than those who don’t. Your child will be exposed to a bigger variety of foods and it may help with social skills progression and encourage healthy habits for life.

How will this benefit me?

You will save time making up a packed lunch and also an estimated £420 per year per child.

I have children who are not in reception year 1 or year 2 as well. So I will still need to make and pay for a packed lunch anyway. How will this help me?

Consider using the money you will save not making packed lunches for your child in reception/ key stage one on school meals for your other children. Think about how much money you spend on packed lunches, it may be similar to what you would spend on a school meal. Consider the benefits of your child receiving a school meal as above.

Can my child still have a packed lunch?

In the pilot authorities, small numbers of children chose packed lunch, and many schools in Leeds have active packed lunch policies that advise on healthy packed lunches. But, the government hopes you will give school meals a go. It’s likely that children will want to eat school lunch because many of their friends will be eating school lunch. Some schools have active parent groups, who work together with other parents to agree to ban packed lunches.

Are packed lunches not healthier than school meals anyway?

All school meals are expected to meet the government’s food standards that came in 2006. The meal is therefore healthy and balanced in terms of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients and high sugar, high fat foods are restricted. It is extremely hard to get a packed lunch to meet such high standards. Recent studies have shown only 1% of packed lunches actually meet these standards and that children who have packed lunches generally consume higher amounts of fat, salt and sugar.

My child is a fussy eater she will not have a school meal.

Encouraging your child to have a school meal will help your child be exposed to new foods. Because the other pupils are having the same food this may also encourage your child to try new foods. Many schools are holding taster sessions for parents and children to try new foods and get used to the menus. Some parents that know what is on the menu will give their child the chance to try it at home first. Many schools have rewards in place if children have tried a new food or eaten most of their meal which encourages the children.

My child has dietary requirements, so a school meal is not suitable.

Caterers have a dietitian to help with this. Make your school aware of what it is your child requires or should be avoiding. Many schools in Leeds offer cultural specific diets such as vegetarian options and halal options.

If your child has an allergy, your school will ask for a medical certificate or letter from the doctor. The school and caterer will then work with you and your child to alter their menu specific to your child’s needs.

How can I find out what is on the menu

Your school should have menus available on their website. If this is not the case, contact the school and ask for one. Schools have a different approach to choosing and ordering food. Some choose every day in the morning, some three weeks in advance.

How will the school afford it?

The government has given a certain amount of money per child per meal to each school. There is further money available from the government so school kitchens can be ready for the increase in number of meals they will be making.

Do I have to apply?

If you qualify for free school meals based on the means-tested eligibility criteria, you should complete a claim form. By doing this, your school will be able to claim a Pupil Premium which is extra money from the Government for the school.

If you qualify for universal free school meals, your school should be in touch with you about how to do this. Some may ask in advance if your child will be taking a meal as of September 1st 2014.

My child already gets free school meals – how does this affect me?

If your child already gets Free School Meals based on the means-tested eligibility criteria, you do not have to do anything unless your circumstances change (e.g. Your income changes or you move house).

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