Our school meals follow a healthy-eating policy.
For current year term dates please see the separate information sheet below.
The school has a well-equipped kitchen where school meals are cooked. Parents are welcome, by prior arrangement, to try a school meal. Menu lists are sent to parents at the start of each term or available here. Vegetarian or other special dietary requirement alternatives are available upon request.
We ask parents who provide a packed lunch for their child to support the school’s work on Healthy Eating by discussing ‘healthy’ options with their child and ensure that the lunchbox’s contents are appropriately healthy. Please include a ‘still’ drink (in a plastic bottle or cardboard carton) with a packed lunch, as fizzy drinks may be very high in sugar content and also, as carbonated, are not good for the child’s teeth. Packed lunches are eaten in the hall with those pupils having school lunches.
From September 2004, North Yorkshire County Caterers have provided our school meals. They have a commitment to providing high-quality, nutritious meals using local produce, whenever possible.
Meals are required to be paid for weekly, in advance, and parents are asked to ensure that payment is sent on the first day of the school week. Payment for a half term is also acceptable. Details of the current cost of a school meal are available from the School Office. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Sand Hutton C of E Primary School’. Any payments not used, i.e. due to illness, etc. are credited to the following week. Parents may find that their children qualify for free school meals. If so, they are asked to contact the School’s Administrator, Mrs Edmondson, for further details. (note : This will be kept entirely confidential).
One week’s written notice is required if any child wishes to change from school meals to packed lunch and vice versa. This allows the caterer’s time to adjust their stock order. When we have special celebratory meals, e.g. for Christmas and other festivals or events, pupils who normally bring a packed lunch are invited to join in and just pay for the single school meal.
Snacks and Drinks at School
The school participates in the National School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, which provides fresh fruit and vegetables for the children in Class 1, every day. Children may also bring £1 per week to buy bread from the kitchen at mid-morning break. We encourage healthy eating so children can bring snacks of fruit or cheese rather than sweets or crisps.
We are part of the EU School Milk Scheme, which provides milk daily for all children under the age of five. Parents of children over the age of five may purchase milk at a subsidised price. Further details are available from the School Office. Parents are asked to pay for this every term in advance.
Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available to children whose parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- income support
- income-based job seeker's allowance
- income-related employment and support allowance
- child tax credit with an income of less than £16,190 and not in receipt of working tax credit
- support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999
- guarantee element of state pension credit.
Where parents are entitled to working tax credit during a four week "run on" period immediately after their employment has ceased, or after they have started to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.
Children who receive income support or income based jobseeker's allowance in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.
Should you meet the above criteria, you can apply by using the application form in the useful downloads section.
Applications are usually processed the same day. If your child is entitled to free school meals you will receive a letter confirming the date when the meals will start. The school is also notified that your child is entitled to free school meals. In the meantime, you should continue to pay for free school meals until confirmation comes through. Schools may be able to arrange a reimbursement of any monies paid whilst your entitlement is being confirmed.
If you are not entitled to free school meals you will be notified in writing.
Further Information provided by North Yorkshire County Council