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.
Regular theme days are held where a special menu is provided, for example Chinese New Year, Bonfire Night - these theme days are also available to children who usually have sandwiches.
We are also pleased to have been awarded the Healthy Schools Award.
Click here to view the Kirklees School Meals website where you will find our current school dinner menu.
The cost of a school meal is currently £2.25 per day. School meals are paid for using the PARENT PAY online payment facility (credit or debit card payments) or via local Paypoint facilities (cash payments).
Meals should be paid for in advance; either weekly (£11.25) 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 £11.25 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 carton of milk can be provided to each child every day at a cost of £11.50 per term. The cost of the milk is subsidised by the Intervention Board.
Milk is provided free of charge to pupils who are in receipt of free school meals up to Year 2. 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.
We are unable to change milk numbers mid term & so milk numbers must be finalised and paid for by the end of the previous term. A letter is sent home in book bags or by email a few weeks before the end of each term. Please check with your child/children, sign and return the slip at the bottom of the letter and return it to school (or reply by email) to confirm whether your child would like milk or not. Payment should be made using the PARENT PAY online payment facility.
Should pupils change their minds during the course of the term, unfortunately we would not be able to make the change until the following term.
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.