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 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.
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 3 meals at the beginning of the day. We have a meat dish (red option), a vegetarian dish (green option) and the either a jacket potato with filling or a sandwich with filling (yellow option). The current cost of a school meal is £2.55 from November 2023. School meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are free.
The menus rotate over a 3 week period.
We have launched a new system from Jan 2024 for how children choose school dinners called School Grid. Some of the positives to using this system that we have seen so far are:
Going forward, if parents are able to choose school dinners at home using School Grid then you no longer need to stick to specific days e.g. your child has to have dinners on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday. You can now choose to have a dinner on any day you wish and this can change day to day, week to week. You must have made your choice by 9am on the day. If you do not make a choice on a particular day then you need to send your child with a packed lunch. Please remember it is your responsibility to cancel their lunch if they are absent from school, otherwise you may be charged.
If any parents are NOT able to use the School Grid system, but still want their child to have a school dinner, then please notify the office. We can ensure these children can choose a school dinner in school but they will have to stick to a set pattern/days as otherwise parents could find they are paying for more dinners than they want too.
For the time being, parents will choose school dinners on School Grid and pay for school dinner on ParentPay. The two systems link so everytime your child has a school dinner, it automatically sends the charge through to ParentPay.
Children who do not choose 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 safety 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.
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:
If you get Working Tax Credit your child will not qualify for free school meals.
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they'll continue to receive them until they move to a new stage of school, such as from primary into secondary school. They will also be entitled to a free carton of milk each day.
If you think your child could be eligible for free school meals, refer to the Leeds City Council website https://www.leeds.gov.uk/schools-and-education/apply-for-free-school-meals
If you do qualify the school office will be notified directly by Leeds City Council and we will contact you to discuss your child's entitlement.