Our School Meals
At Moortown Primary, like most schools in Leeds, we use Catering Leeds to provide our school meal service. View our current menu.
Cooked meals, including a vegetarian option, are prepared daily in our kitchen and children are offered a choice of main courses and desserts. Salads and fruit are always available. Catering Leeds provides food which meets national Food Standards criteria.
The cost of a school meal is £2.45. We are happy to accept payment for the week, month, half term or term. Cheques (made payable to Moortown Primary School) or cash should be placed in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the child’s name and class and handed into the School Office. We prefer two weeks’ notice to change lunch arrangements.
“I like my child to have a hot dinner on a day when they go to an after school club.” (parent governor speaking with our Health Leader at a meeting to discuss food in schools, 2013)
Some people like to choose a mix of school dinners and packed lunch for their child – that’s absolutely fine, as long as it’s a the same pattern of school dinners and packed lunches every week. Just let office staff know which days you’d like to opt in for a school meal in the week, and which days you’d prefer to provide your child with a packed lunch.
Free school meals
Free school meals are available to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. They are also available to some older children according to family income. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in a younger class – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the 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 Seeker’s Allowance
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
- Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, if you have an annual taxable income (as assessed by H M Revenue and Customs) which does not exceed £16,190
To find out if your child qualifies for free school meals, and for any help or advice, you could:
- Contact Leeds City Council Welfare Rights Team on 0113 376 0452, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:30pm, Wednesdays 10:15am to 4:30pm and Fridays 9am to 4pm
- Visit a One Stop Centre – the nearest one to school is in Chapeltown: The Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3EX
- Visit your local housing office
- Contact Leeds City Council Benefits Helpline on 0113 222 4404
- Work out what benefits you may be entitled to by using this on-line benefit calculator
- Minicom users can contact on 0113 222 4410; for Braille, large print or on audio CD / tape, please contact Leeds City Council (using details above)
- Call HMRC Tax Credit helpline (0845 300 3900) or visit their website; or
- Contact Turn2Us – a charitable service that helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help.
The Leeds City Council website has more information about free school meals. If you’ve any general questions about free school meals, please ask us at the Office (or send an email).
Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch which are eaten in the main hall. Download our Guide to Healthy Packed Lunches.
Packed lunches should be in a secure named container. No sweets are allowed – instead, we encourage lots of fruit or vegetables. Water is available on all tables for children who choose a packed lunch. However, your child can bring their own drink in a non-breakable container – please avoid fizzy drinks.
Children are entitled to free milk in school until the term after they turn 5 yrs old. This is a small carton (189ml / 1/3 pint).
If you would like your child to continue having milk in school after they turn 5, this can be ordered through the School Milk UK website.
Children who have milk usually drink their milk mid-morning.