Children are able to concentrate and learn better when they have eaten a healthy, balanced lunch – school meals can be the simple solution.
NEWS… from September 2014, school meals for ALL children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are completely FREE! This will provide a saving to families of £380 per year for each child. At Middleton St Mary's we also provide Nursery children with a free school meal.
Staring in January 2016 our school will serve 4 meal choices each day, consisting of: two main courses (one of which is a vegetarian meal) a jacket potato option and a sandwich option. Each meal includes a main course, vegetables and salad, pudding of the day or fruit or yoghurt and water to drink.
The cost of a school meal is £2.00. We are happy to accept payment for the week, month, half term or term. Cheques (made payable to Leeds City Council) or cash should be placed in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the child’s name and class and handed into the class teacher or at the School Office. We prefer one weeks’ notice to change lunch arrangements.
Free school meals are available to some children according to family income. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we can use to help your child.
Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:
To find out if your child qualifies for free school meals, and for any help or advice, you could:
The Leeds City Council website has more information about free school meals.
Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch which are eaten in the main hall.
Packed lunches should be in a secure named container. No sweets are allowed – instead, we encourage lots of fruit or vegetables. Your child should bring their own drink in a non-breakable container – no fizzy drinks. (Please see our packed lunch policy)
A daily small carton of milk is provided to all Reception and KS1 pupils. It costs £15 for the entire school year, or £5 if paid each term.
Children who have milk usually drink it just before or after their morning playtime.