Why have school meals?
Our school meals are designed to provide a varied, healthy and interesting menu for our children and are excellent value for money.
Meals are cooked and prepared fresh each day on site in our own kitchen, by our catering provider Mellors. Mellors are an award-winning family business, which was established back in 1840. We supply a good balance of healthy foods to support growth and development, and to encourage long-term good eating habits. Meals are varied, to introduce our children to different foods.
Meals consist of a main course and dessert, freshly baked bread and seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables.
School meals provide your child with the opportunity to develop social skills while they enjoy eating with other children. Research has shown that a healthy, nutritious school meal can provide your child with the energy required to concentrate in class and cope with the demands of the day. (The Guardian – ‘Pupils work improves after a healthy lunch’)
Free School Meals
Families in our Dales Multi Academy Trust are being encouraged to check whether they may be eligible for free school meals.
A school meal may contribute to;
Applying for free school meals is a simple process and there is no need to worry about other children knowing who does and doesn’t get free school meals as it’s a confidential service.
Remember, you could save up to £450 a year with free school meals for your child. School meals may also save you time and provide peace of mind that your child is enjoying a healthy, fresh, and nutritious meal at lunchtime.
Free school meals for all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils
All children are eligible for free school meals if they’re in reception class; year 1; or year 2. Although these are not means tested – we ask that those receiving financial support still complete the form below so our school may benefit from additional funding of over £1200 per child.
Click this Link to: Complete for Free School Meals and help our school obtain additional funding
Free school meals for pupils of all years whose families receive financial support
If you get certain benefits, your child could also qualify for free school meals during all school years. Follow the link below to check if you qualify. If you are not sure it is worth completing the form to find out.