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School Meals

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Our school meals are very popular. They are nutritionally balanced, cooked on the premises and are available to all children.  We would ask that in order to assist our administration, you send dinner money in advance on the first day of each week.  We welcome payment by cheque in advance, for the term or half-term. Please make cheques payable to 'NYCC Spennithorne School' and put your cheque card number on the back.

Daily meal numbers are sent to the kitchen at about 9.15am.  It is, therefore, important that if children are to arrive at school after this time (e.g. following a doctor/dentist appointment), we are informed in advance so that their dinner can be ordered.

If you are in receipt of income support, your child may be entitled to free school meals.  Application forms are available from the office.  The school receives additional funding for children who are entitled to this, so applying for it, helps us too!

We must be informed of any changes from packed lunch to school meal in order that we provide the correct number of meals as the cook has to order food in advance.  Children are not able to change on a daily basis and we would prefer any change to be made at the next half-term.

However, we do hold special themed meals e.g. Christmas/Easter etc. and would welcome all children to participate in this.

Provision is made for children to consume their own packed lunch if desired and that consideration is made to their nutritional value.  Work on the school’s  guidelines on packed lunches was carried out in 2006 and we follow the National Standards set following the National Diet and Nutrition Survey. As a school, we recommend a variety of foods from the four main food groups:


CARBOHYDRATES                                breads, potatoes, pasta, rice, other cereals etc

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES                      salad in sandwiches, tomatoes, dried, fresh and canned fruit, smoothies, fruit juice

MEAT, FISH AND ALTERNATIVES           various meats and fish, nuts, tofu/quorn etc

DAIRY                                                 milk, cheese, yoghurts, fromage frais, rice pudding etc

DRINKS                                               milk, smoothie, fruit juice,  water

 We encourage children to bring in a water  filled bottle to drink during the day.

We DO NOT  allow squash or flavoured water and will ask the children to put their water bottle away and give them a cup for that day.

North Yorkshire School Meals Policy

Our school meals follow a healthy-eating policy.

Our meals are produced freshly every day in a school kitchen from only:

  • 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

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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

Information about Free School meals

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