Our School Meals
At Goldthorpe Primary School, we value the importance of children’s dining experiences. Therefore we run a ‘family dining’ experience with children sitting together with siblings and friends on circular tables. Children are joined in the lunch room by teaching staff as well as lunch staff who encourage conversation between children and support enjoyment of the whole lunch time experience. Children can choose from hot dinner or jacket potato. All our meals are freshly prepared in our school kitchen and we make use of locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Wherever possible we use produce from our school allotments, greenhouse and Polytunnel. Should your child not wish to have a school lunch, we ask that you provide a healthy packed lunch (click here for ideas!) in a suitable container with your child’s name on and please ensure drinks are in suitable, non – leak containers. Lunch menus are sent home with children at the end of a term and lunch choices are made for the following half term. If you would like to change your child’s lunch choice after this, please contact the school office. Dinner monies should be paid in at the office and any other queries about dinners can be made here. Children staying for dinner are not allowed off school premises during the lunch break.
Free school meals
Free school meals are available to some children according to family income. We are part of the Universal Free School Meals scheme for children in FS2 and KS1 meaning that all children in these year groups are entitled to a free school meal. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in FS2 or KS1 – this is so we can receive additional funding (pupil premium) which we can use to help your child.
Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:
- Income support
- Income based job seekers allowance
- Income related employment and support allowance
- Guarantee pension credit
- Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and an annual income lower than the limit set by the Government
- Working Tax Credit Run On because you have ceased work or reduced your working hours to less than 16 per week
Drinks and snacks
Fresh water and fruit is available for all children in school every day so children do not need to bring their own drinks or snacks to school. We do not allow crisps, sweets or chocolate in the playground.