Why should you choose a school meal for your child?
Our catering team, employed by North Tyneside Council, aim to provide value for money, varied, nutritious, balances meals for your child to enjoy. Our friendly cooks are trained to high health and hygiene standards. They use the best quality ingredients to prepare fresh, tasty and healthy meals daily.
Food is prepared on the premises and we offer a home cooked meal, including a vegetarian option each day. The menu is designed to encourage a balanced diet. Children are encouraged to make healthy choices. Meals are eaten in the downstairs hall of the main school building for children in Year 2 to Year 6 and the EY hall for children in Reception to Year 1. Nursery children who access additional hours in the KEEP are given access to the same main meal as children in the main school and are given their lunch in the KEEP or Out of School Club areas.
We have a three week menu starting at week one following each school holiday. To see the menu, click here.
Dinner Money Payments
Free School Meals:
If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, please contact North Tyneside Catering Services on 0191 643 2888. For more information about eligibility, please see below.
Reception to Year 2:
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals which means that all children in these year groups receive free school lunches daily.
Year 3 to Year 6:
The school meal price is £2.25 per day (£11.25 per week). North Tyneside Catering operate an online payment system called Parent Pay. This allows parents to see the dates their child has had a school meal, view their balance and pay quickly and easily for school meals online. For more information on how to sign up to Parent Pay or for any queries regarding payments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, the office is unable to take dinner money payments.
Nursery / KEEP:
The school meal price is £2.25 per day (£11.25 per week). As children are not statutory school age, unfortunately they cannot be added to North Tyneside’s Parent Pay system. Instead, parents must order and pay for lunches using the School Gateway application. For more details, please click here.
Children can bring their own packed lunch as an alternative to school meals. Packed lunches are eaten in the Community Room, or outside in the yard during warm weather. Food should be brought into school in names plastic lunch boxes. For safety reasons, we do not permit glass containers or hot liquids in flasks. Packed lunches cannot contain nuts or nut containing products (e.g. peanut butter, Nutella, breakfast bars etc) as several children in school have severe nut allergies. As part of our Healthy Eating Campaign, we ask parents not to include sweets in packed lunches and instead we encourage children to bring a lunch that supports a healthy, balanced diet.
Free School Meals
Why should I Apply?
If you are eligible, your child will receive nutritious and healthy schools meals free of charge. Your child will also be entitled to free school milk each day. What’s more, school will be able to claim additional funding from the government for each child in receipt of free schools meals.
Even if you are entitled to Universal Free School Meals (children in Reception to Year 2) and you think you may be entitled to free school meals by meeting one of the criteria below, please apply as this will allow school to claim additional funding.
Funding received is used by school to offer pupils invaluable support and to fund resources and activities. For more information on how funding is used, please click here.
Am I Eligible?
You are eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income support
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Pension Credit Guarantee
- Child Tax Credit without Working Tax Credit and an annual taxable income below £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit and an annual taxable income below £16,190.
How do I Apply?
If you think you meet any of the criteria, you can apply by completing this online form.
You can also make an application quickly and easily over the telephone by calling (0191) 643 2288.
Thank you for your support and for helping to make sure the school receives as much funding as possible to give every pupil the support and education they deserve.