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School Meals

3 week menu Autumn 2019



We are fortunate to have our own kitchen in school. Excellent school meals are provided by our cook, Sue Bell, and are available for all pupils. Dining takes place in the school hall.

At lunchtime we have a ‘family service’ system, with groups of mixed ages being served at the tables by older children. Children are encouraged to try all the dishes prepared for them but they are not forced to eat foods they strongly dislike. Vegetarian and special medical diets are catered for. Children who do not have a school meal may either bring a packed lunch or go home for dinner. We strongly encourage children to stay for a school dinner - it is a time when staff and children can be together in a relaxed social situation. Parents are welcome to come and sample a meal with us if they so wish.

The current price of a school meal is £2.50 (£12.50 per week). Dinner money should be paid (in advance) on Monday mornings. Payment by cash or cheque (payable to NYCC Oakridge CP School) is accepted for the total weekly amount. If a child is absent and has paid for a meal, he/she will be credited with the appropriate amount in the following week.

Some children may be eligible for free school meals, details about which are available from the Area Education Office.

Currently, 2 Midday Supervisory Assistant are employed to supervise the children during the lunch break.


Children are allowed to bring fresh fruit only to school for a mid-morning snack, and this must be eaten during playtime. Toast and drinks are available from the kitchen during morning break.  There is a water fountain available at all times for drinks.

North Yorkshire School Meals

Our school meals follow a healthy-eating policy.

Our meals are produced freshly every day in a school kitchen from only:

  1. fresh meat and poultry sourced from the region;
  2. fruit and vegetables sourced regionally where possible using local suppliers;
  3. products free from additives associated with health problems in young children;
  4. fats free from hydrogenated oils; with
  5. menus that are nutritionally balanced

Free School Meals

Free school meals are available to children whose parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  1. income support
  2. income-based job seeker's allowance
  3. income-related employment and support allowance
  4. child tax credit with an income of less than £16,190 and not in receipt of working tax credit
  5. support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999
  6. guarantee element of state pension credit.

Where parents are entitled to working tax credit during a four week "run on" period immediately after their employment has ceased, or after they have started to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.

Children who receive income support or income based jobseeker's allowance in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.

Should you meet the above criteria, you can apply by using the application form in the useful downloads section.

Applications are usually processed the same day. If your child is entitled to free school meals you will receive a letter confirming the date when the meals will start. The school is also notified that your child is entitled to free school meals. In the meantime, you should continue to pay for free school meals until confirmation comes through. Schools may be able to arrange a reimbursement of any monies paid whilst your entitlement is being confirmed.

If you are not entitled to free school meals you will be notified in writing.

Further Information provided by North Yorkshire County Council

Information about Free School meals