School Meals & Milk
We have an extremely good take up of school meals here at Thurstonland First School. The meals are provided by Kirklees Catering Services. Children are also able to bring a packed lunch from home.
Packed lunches should be healthy with no chocolate, sweets or fizzy drinks included and should not include nut products of any kind as we have pupils with a nut allergy. Please do not send hot food to school in flasks or other containers.
We are also pleased to have been awarded the Healthy Schools Award.
Please use the links below to view our current school menus: -
The cost of a school meal is £2.35 per day as of September 2021.
Meals should be paid for in advance; either weekly (£11.75) or half-termly (please work out the cost based on the number of days during the half-term when your child will have a school meal) or any amount over £11.75 can be paid using Parent Pay as long as the account is kept in credit.
When a child is ill or absent from school there is no charge and any money paid will be carried over. Reminders for overdue accounts will be sent out weekly either by e-mail, letter or text.
UNIVERSAL FREE SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAMME
This is a Government initiative which provides a free school meal for all pupils up to and including Year 2.
Please do not top up your child's ParentPay dinner money account if they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 as they will not be charged for school meals until they move into Year 3 or the UIFSM scheme ends.
A daily carton of milk can be provided to pupils by our supplier School Milk at a cost of £0.19 per day.
Milk may also be provided free of charge to pupils who are in receipt of free school if they meet the eligibility criteria. Milk is also provided free of charge to pupils in Reception who are not yet 5. The cost of milk becomes chargeable at the start of the term before they turn 5.
Milk should be ordered by parents via School Milk UK prior to the start of each new term. It is possible to pay for up to one year's supply of milk in advance, or to pay by t (The School Office are contacted weekly by School Milk UK to advise of who will be having milk the following week).
Milk can be ordered at any point during the term, but please note that the cut off day to receive milk for the following week is Wednesday.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available to pupils who meet the following criteria: -
Children and young people who live in Kirklees who:
- attend full-time at a local authority school or sixth form
- are under 19 years of age
and whose parents or carers receive one or more of the following:
- Universal Credit.
- 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.
Even if you do not want your child to receive a free school meal (or they qualify for a free meal anyway under the UIFSM scheme) it is important that the free school meals application is still made as school receives additional funding to support the learning and development of pupils who qualify for free school meals.
If you require any further information or guidance please do not hesitate to contact us in confidence.