At St Joseph's we have a three-week rolling menu for school dinners. You can view our current menu here;
These menus were formulated by asking the children their opinions on the meals on offer and removing less popular meals and increasing the frequency of other, more popular, meals. In addition to this, children also have the ability to order a sandwich or jacket potato each day or bring a packed lunch. Lunches are ordered by the children during morning registration.
All children in Reception to Year 2 are entitled to receive a Universal Free School Meal (UFSM). Funding for the meal is provided through the Universal Infant Free School Meal funding programme.
The current cost of a school meal is £2.45 and should be paid for using Parent Pay unless your child is entitled to UFSM. School meals should be paid for using Parent Pay.
Our school meals follow a healthy-eating policy. Please click here for more information on our catering company NYES
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
In addition to the UIFSM funding the Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’ and is linked to Free School Meal eligibility.
Are you eligible to receive pupil premium for your child/children ?
Just registering your child for pupil premium means that the school receives additional funding and your child will be able to access funding for a variety of after school clubs, school visits, music lessons and school uniform.
How does it work?
1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please check to see if you qualify. You can register your child for Pupil Premium if you get any of these benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does
not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a
further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, ask at the school office for an application form.
3. Even if you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still receives the pupil premium and you can still access the additional support shown above.
Register now to make sure you don’t miss out. Please speak to the school office if you need any help.
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, please ask the school office for an application form.
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