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Dinner and Tuck Shop

Lunchtimes (Infant School)


*From September 2014 all children in key stage one, which includes reception, year one and year two, are entitled to a free school meal.


Children may either have school lunches or bring a packed lunch.

Because children select their own menu and enjoy family service it isn’t possible to 'swop and change' from school dinners to packed lunch. It is however possible to select a school meal on a set day and packed lunches on others. All children have the opportunity to join in with ‘special meals’ such as Christmas dinner and Easter lunch.

School meals are served in a family service at the table with high quality, tasty, freshly cooked food. The children learn skills relating to socialising over food and excellent table manners. The Year 2 children serve the food to the other younger children at the table and a caring routine is very evident.


If your child has any dietary requirements, please see the school office and they will arrange a meeting with the school cook to discuss your needs.


Children are supervised at lunchtime by our senior midday supervisors and our team of playworkers. School meals are taken in the school hall, as do the children with packed lunches.


For further details about school lunches including sample menus please see the catering section of the North Yorkshire County Council website.


Please avoid glass containers in packed lunches. Due to children in school with nut allergies we ask parents to respect our policy that no nut products are sent into school i.e. peanut butter, fruit and nut bars, hazelnut yoghurts etc. Also, no fizzy drinks or sweets, please. If your child brings a packed lunch to school please ensure that they can manage the contents reasonably independently enabling them to have as carefree a lunchtime as possible. The items that children struggle the most with seem to be yoghurts in tubes, vacuum-sealed packets of fruit and cheese.


Milk is available for the children for a small fee payable at the beginning of each term. (Please call  in at the school office for details). Fruit is now provided to all children each day, free of charge



Lunchtimes (Junior School)


As with the Infant School, Children are able to have a school dinner or a packed lunch.


If your child has any dietary requirements, please see the school office and they will arrange a meeting with the school cook to discuss your needs.


As the children progress up to year 3 and move over to the Junior School Site, we begin to encourage some more independence. Meals are £2.60 per day or £13.00 per week. The easiest way to pay for meals is Via ParentPay (please find link below) You will need a log-in which can be obtained from the school office.


During Lunchtimes, Children will choose and collect their food themselves from the servery with assistance from the Catering Staff and Midday Supervisory Assistants. Meals & packed lunches are eaten in the main hall. 



Tuck Shop (Junior School)


The Junior School have a morning break from lessons between 10.30 and 10.45 daily. During this time, children are encouraged to have a healthy snack and drink. They may bring these items from home or we provide a 'tuck shop' in each classroom. For 25p the children can purchase a variety of fruit, cereal bars, rice cakes etc. 



Why have School Dinners?


Children who take advantage of School Dinners are now guaranteed at least two of their five daily portions of fruit and vegetables, along with other essential vitamins and minerals, which play an important role in developing healthy eating habits. 

Consumption of healthy school meals can influence children’s diet, helping to develop healthy eating habits and expose them to foods such as new types of fruits and vegetables which they might not otherwise have tried. 

 Healthy school meals have been shown to improve classroom behaviour, helping to improve academic performance.



Is your child entitled to free school meals?


Your child may be able to have free school meals - if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit


Additional funding is received in school for every child on Free School Meals.  This money is used to ensure that every child succeeds. We provide additional support for our children and the interventions used have had a significant impact on the children’s attainment.


For more information on free school meals and for an application form please click on the links below.


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