North Yorkshire School Meals
Our meals are produced freshly every day on the school premises and use:
- fresh meat and poultry sourced from the region;
- fruit and vegetables sourced regionally where possible using local suppliers;
- products free from additives associated with health problems in young children;
- fats free from hydrogenated oils; with
- menus that are nutritionally balanced
Further information about our school meals, including menus for the current term (our schools use the single choice menu), and the food policy that our caterers work to, can be found on North Yorkshire County Council's website: North Yorkshire County Council – School Catering.
We are pleased to reprint here a statement from North Yorkshire County Caterers, the organisation responsible for our food procurement. This statement has been endorsed by the Soil Association Food for Life, Bronze Award.
"School meals in North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire County Council’s food procurement strategy is based on local and regional sourcing of food that supports local business, provides traceability of produce and contributes to the health and well-being of its children and young people. All meat and poultry used in school meals in North Yorkshire is supplied fresh into schools. All meat and poultry is sourced from farms in the Yorkshire region. Our supplier is required to tell us where meat and poultry is sourced, down to farm level. We do not use frozen ready meals. Meals are made fresh every day on school premises using fresh ingredients wherever possible, in compliance with the Nutritional Standards for School Meals."
If you would like any further information about the school meal service please contact
Shaun Mancrief, Manager
Tel 01609 536871 email firstname.lastname@example.org
June Taylor, Primary School Manager
Tel 01609 536889 email email@example.com
Free School Meals
Under the Universal Free School Meal Policy implemented at a National level by the Government in September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can choose to have a free meal each day.
Free school meals for children in Years 3 to 6 are available to children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits.
Payment for School Meals
The current price of a meal for children not eligible for free school meals is currently £2.10 per day (Sept. 2016). The school office administers payments for school meals and staff are always happy to help with any queries.
Payment for school meals is required a week in advance. Payments need to be made through our ParentPay electronic payment system. All parents receive written details of how to set up a Parent Pay account for their child in the week that their child starts school. The ParentPay account is an individual secure online account, activated using a unique username and password, which holds an electronic record of all payments made and meals taken and can be viewed by parents at anytime.
Payments into the ParentPay system can be made in two ways:
On-line, using the ParentPay website, by debit or credit card. This is our preferred method of payment.
In cash via the PayPoint network. Please notify the school office if you wish to use this method of payment. A plastic card will be issued to you to make cash payments for school meals at local PayPoint stores. The first card is free of charge; there will be a cost for replacement cards. Payment cards take about two weeks to arrive, but we can issue a barcoded letter as an interim measure.
Mid-morning drinks are available each day in school for the children. There is a choice of: Hot chocolate, Milk or Natural Fruit Juice. All drinks cost 25p per day (£1.25 per week). Under 5’s and children entitled to a free school meal on economic circumstances receive free milk, but they can have fruit juice if you prefer, at the above price.
Payment for Midmorning Drinks
The kitchen staff collect drinks money from the children at break-time. They are unable to issue drinks on a ‘credit’ basis, so it is important that the children have their money available for collection if they want a mid-morning drink.
Money can be paid daily, weekly or half-termly. If you are paying half-termly and wish to pay by cheque, please make it payable to NYCC- Reeth & Gunnerside Schools – Meals Income.
Children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a free piece of fruit every day. KS2 pupils are welcome to bring in a healthy snack for midmorning.