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School Meals

We have our own kitchen within school which is managed by Leeds City Council’s School Meal Service, Catering Leeds. They employ a dedicated team, led by Sarah Waterhouse our Cook, who ensure that all children in school get a well-balanced meal at dinner time.

Here’s what Leeds City Council Catering service have to say:

Our school menus have been designed and developed by our qualified food technologist to provide nutritionally balanced, delicious and healthy choices for your child. All food must adhere to our ingredients and food additive policy before appearing on our menus. And just as we care about what goes on your child’s plate, we also care passionately about where it comes from.

 

  • Our menus are designed to be nutritionally balanced, delicious and healthy.

  • We only use suppliers that we know and trust.

  • We insist on the highest quality food - always.

  • We serve UK farm assured chicken, turkey, beef and lamb from carefully selected suppliers.

  • Wherever possible we use locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables.

  • Salmon and white fish is caught responsibly and sustainably and all our tuna is dolphin friendly.

  • All our eggs are free range and locally sourced from East Yorkshire.

  • There are no hydrogenated fats in our school meals.

  • You will never find any artificial colours in our meals.

  • We offer a salad bar, fresh fruit and yoghurts every day.

  • The menu is changed termly to keep it fresh and to enjoy the best seasonal foods on offer.

 

We value and celebrate the cultural diversity within Leeds and provide meals that cater for all. We can provide meals for those with special medical or dietary needs.

 

Our catering staff are well trained and on hand to support and guide your child through their lunchtime experiences.

 

Children are offered a choice of main courses and puddings, including salads and fresh fruit. Each child can choose from a selection of 4 meals at the beginning of the day. We have a meat dish (red option), a vegetarian dish (green option) a jacket potato with filling (purple option) or a sandwich with filling (yellow option). The current cost of a school meal is £2.40 for children in KS2.  School meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are free.  

 

Here are the current menus for school dinners .

The menus rotate over a 3 week period.  There are two sets of menus every year. The first set of menus run from September until February half term.  The second set of menus run from February half term up until July.

How to pay for school dinners

School dinners can be paid for using ParentPay, a secure online payment system.  If you need any support to set up a ParentPay account, please contact the School Office.

 

Parents can still choose to pay for school dinners using a cheque or cash. We ask that school dinners are paid for, where possible, on a Monday morning.  Please send any monies in an envelope clearly marked with your child's name, class and the amount included.  We would prefer a cheque made payable to Leeds City Council.  Please note, school cannot be held liable for any cash sent with children.

If the payment of dinner monies is forgotten or is not paid for 10 consecutive school days then your child will be expected to bring a packed lunch from the 11th school day until the arrears are settled.  You will receive reminders if dinner money payments are behind via ParentMail or letter.  If you have any concerns or difficulties, please contact Miss Percival or Mrs Goddard.

Organisation of school dinners

Reception children go for their lunch at 11.45am.  KS1 (Years 1-2) go for lunch at 12pm.  KS2 classes (Years 3-6) start to come in for lunch from 12.15pm - classes are called in to ensure the children do not spent to long queuing. Children can choose to sit where they want, whether they are on school dinners or packed lunches, ensuring that all children can sit in their friendship groups at lunchtime.

We operate a band system so the children choose from four options, meat, vegetarian, a jacket potato or sandwich every morning.  This ensures that all children receive their choice of school dinner.  

We also operate a 'mixed week', meaning children can have a combination of school dinners and packed lunches over a week.  If you choose to do this, you have to select which days your child will have a school dinner and this is then fixed.  For example a child may have a school dinner on a Monday and Wednesday and a packed lunch on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday but this has to be adhered to every week unless notice to change is given. 

Packed Lunches

Children who do not chose to have a school dinner, bring a packed lunch. We have been awarded the Healthy Schools Award so whilst we do not want to be the 'Lunchtime Police', we do encourage healthy food in packed lunches such as fruit, brown bread, yogurts etc rather than sweets and biscuits.  
Children on packed lunches can have a fruit drink at lunchtime but we ask that it is a flat drink not fizzy and that it is in a plastic bottle.  No glass bottles or cans for saftey reasons.
We appreciate parents and carers support with this.
For more information about packed lunches, please see Packed Lunch Guidance for Parents as the bottom of this page.

Children may, of course, go home for their dinner.  Dinnertime is from 11.45am-12.15pm for Reception, 12pm-1pm for KS1 and 12.15-1.15pm for KS2.  If you wish for your child to do this, please contact the headteacher, Miss Percival. 

Notice to change from school dinners or packed lunches

If your child wishes to swap from school dinners to packed lunches or vice versa or you want to change the days your child has school dinners if they are currently on a mixed week, please give one week's notice as the food for the kitchen is ordered in advance.  Please inform the school office either in writing, by phone or in person if you wish to change.

Free Schools Meals

Free school meals are available to some children according to family income.  It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch – 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 Centre – the nearest one to school is in Armley: 2 Stocks Hill, Armley, Leeds LS12 1UQ
  • Visit your local housing office
  • Email lcc.benefits@leeds.gov.uk
  • 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.

Send completed forms, evidence or any postal enquiries to: Leeds Revenues & Benefits Service, Leeds City Council, Selectapost 15, Leeds, LS2 8BA

If you’ve any general questions about free school meals, please ask us at the Office.

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