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Lunchtimes and Snacks


All children in reception, year one and year two are entitled to a free school meal each day. As the children progress up to year 3 and move over to the junior side of school meals are chargeable at £2.60 per day or £13.00 per week. Meals can be paid for via ParentPay. You will need a log-in which can be obtained from the school office.

During lunchtimes, reception-year 2 children are served their dinner by a grown up. Year 3-year 6 will choose and collect their food themselves from the servery with assistance from the Catering Staff and Midday Supervisory Assistants. 


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


All children have the opportunity to join in with ‘special meals’ such as Christmas dinner and Easter 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.


Benefits of a school dinner

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.

Hints and Tips for a packed lunch


  • To see tips for a healthy packed lunch please visit Lunchbox ideas and recipes – Healthier Families - NHS (
  • 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.
  • 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. 

Fruit and Milk in School

Milk is available for the children until the child's 5th birthday, after that milk is available for parents to purchase for a small fee payable at the beginning of each term through Cool Milk. Please see the page Cool Milk | Saltergate Schools for more information.  Fruit is available an snack times for Reception to Year 2 students.

Tuck Shop Y3-Y6

Children in the junior side of school have a morning break 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. 

These are invoiced weekly on ParentPay

Free school meals - could your child be entitled?

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


For children entitled to FSM, additional funding is received in school. These funds can be put towards the cost of school trips, residentials, uniform and much more. 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 here - Free school meals | North Yorkshire County Council.