Our School Meals

"Research shows that when children eat better, they do better. Whether families are paying for school meals or are entitled to them for free, children are more likely to concentrate in the classroom in the afternoon after eating healthy school lunches in a pleasant environment. This also improves their health and their learning about making better food choices."

(Children’s Food Trust 2010 – www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk) 

 

SCHOOL MEALS

 

At lunchtime pupils have the opportunity to have a school dinner provided by Crown Point Catering Ltd. which is nutritional and good value for money or they may choose to bring a packed lunch. Children are offered a choice from at least two main courses and two puddings.  For special diets and vegetarian meals please make enquiries at the school.

 

School meals are cooked on the premises and currently cost: -

 

       £2.00 per day, £10.00 per week for Years 3 & 4

       £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week for Years 5 & 6

 

Children in Reception to Year 2 are eligible for the Universal Free School Meal grant, so there is no charge. If your child is eligible for free school meals please inform the office.

 

Dinner money for the whole week should be paid on Monday morning to Mrs. Stevenson or sent into school in a named envelope. 

 

Alternatively your child can bring a packed lunch.

 

If payment has not been received by the end of the week, which your child/ren have a school dinner, we will cancel the order and ask that you give your child a packed lunch.

 

As school dinners have to be ordered in advance parents are asked to choose either a home packed lunch, or a school meal for their child/ren on a weekly basis. Please contact the school office and give a week’s notice if your child wishes to change.

 

As part of our commitment to being a healthy school we ask that parents to ensure that children bring a balanced lunchbox. Sweets and chocolate are not allowed (if you’re unsure whether a biscuit is classed as a sweet ask yourself, does it appear in the sweets section of the supermarket or shop? e.g. Kit-Kats, Twix). Although crisps and biscuits may be included in a packed lunch they are not allowed as mid-morning snacks. Packed lunches should be brought in a plastic container clearly labelled with your child’s name and class

Fruit is provided to all children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 on a daily basis. If parents wish to provide snacks for children in Key Stage 2 please provide fruit.

 

It is the school’s policy to encourage children to drink water throughout the day, in order to develop healthy bodies and healthy brains!  School will provide every child with drinking water at lunchtime. Fresh drinking water is also available in every classroom. No fizzy drinks are allowed in school at any time.

 

Free School Meals

As well as universal free school for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, they are also available to some older children according to family income.  

It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in a younger class – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we can use to help your child.

 

Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following

* Income support

* Income based job seekers allowance

* Income related employment and support allowance

* Guarantee pension credit

* Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and an annual income lower than the limit set by the Government

* Working Tax Credit Run On because you have ceased work or reduced your working hours to less than 16 per week

 

To find out if your child qualifies for free school meals, and for any help or advice, you could:

 

 * Contact Leeds Revenues & Benefits Service on 0113 222 4404, Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm

* Visit a One Stop Center – the nearest one to school is in Chapeltown: The Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road,   Leeds LS7 3EX

* Visit your local housing office

* Email lcc.benefits@leeds.gov.uk

* Work out how much you may be entitled to by using Leeds on-line benefit calculator

* Minicom users can contact on 0113 222 4410; for Braille, large print or on audio CD / tape, please contact Leeds City Council (using details above)

* Call HMRC Tax Credit helpline (0845 300 3900) or visit their website; or

* Contact Turn2Us - a charitable service that helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help.

The Leeds City Council website has more information about free school meals.  If you’ve any general questions about free school meals, please ask us at the Office (or send an email).

Milk

All children under the age of seven years can be provided with a carton of milk each day. if your child attends nursery at Hollybush their milk is free of charge, if you wish for your child to receive milk from reception to year 2 the charge is £4 per term unless you are in receipt of income support.

If you do not wish your child to have milk please send a letter to let the school know. The payment should be made either at the beginning of each term, or in September for the whole year.

 

Milk is also available to KS2 children, the school will send a letter to parents at the beginning of each term, with a reply slip and payment details.

If your child is entitled to free school meals then there is no charge for their milk.

 Children who have milk usually drink it just before or after their morning playtime.