We are pleased to be able to recommend our delicious school dinners which are freshly prepared and cooked in our school kitchen. Click here to see this terms menus produced by North Yorkshire County Caterers.
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2014 will get a school dinner provided free of charge.
We do ask that dinner money for Years 3-6 is paid for the week on Monday mornings. Half-termly payments can also be made but all money must be placed in a named envelope. Cheques should be made payable to Ainderby Steeple CE School. Please give 2 weeks notice to change from school dinners to packed lunch and vice versa.
If you are in receipt of Income support, Income-based Jobseekers' Allowance or Child Tax credit then your child may be entitled to free school meals at Key stage 2. Further information can be obtained from The Welfare Team at The Education Office Tel: 01423 709048.
Children who stay for a school meal are not allowed to leave the premises during the lunch break unless they have the written permission of the parent thus relieving the school staff of responsibility for the child.
Children may, if parents prefer, bring a packed lunch to school. Please support us in our efforts to teach children about the importance of healthy eating, by providing a well-balanced packed lunch, crisps can be included but sweets, chocolate bars, glass bottles and fizzy drinks should not. Please do not include nuts due to children with allergies.
Our younger children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2), are offered a free piece of fruit each day as part of the national 'Fruit and Vegetable Scheme' during morning playtimes.
Years 3-6 can purchase fruit at a small cost, or bring fresh fruit and raw vegetables from home. Please note that sweets, crisps, nuts, chocolates etc. are not allowed.
Research has confirmed the benefits of drinking water throughout the day and how it helps concentration levels and the ability to learn. Fresh drinking water is readily available throughout the day from the water cooler and all children are encouraged to bring water bottles to school.
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:
- fresh meat and poultry sourced from the region;
- fruit and vegetables sourced regionally where possible using local suppliers;
- products free from additives associated with health problems in young children;
- fats free from hydrogenated oils; with
- 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:
- income support
- income-based job seeker's allowance
- income-related employment and support allowance
- child tax credit with an income of less than £16,190 and not in receipt of working tax credit
- support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999
- 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