School Meals & Packed Lunches
Kirklees Catering Service is the multi award-winning catering supplier to schools
All of our school meals are freshly prepared every day in our school kitchen, by highly trained catering staff, using high quality, locally sourced, food. We use fresh, local ingredients wherever possible and the food that we serve has been accredited by the Soil Association with the Silver Food For Life Served Here Award.
All of our menus include:
- Fresh seasonal fruit & vegetables
- Local produce
- Organic food items
- Farm assured meat
- Free range eggs
- No undesirable additives
- Sustainable fish
In addition to this we limit foods high in fat, sugar and salt such as deep fried foods and items containing pastry. We include oily fish, wholegrains and fruit based desserts
The quality and safety of the food we serve is of paramount importance to us and we offer a service that is fully compliant with the Government Food Plan, being quality assured by the Food for Life Partnership’s Silver Food for Life Award.
All of our menus are fully compliant with the School Food Standards, but we go one step further by promoting healthy choices with initiatives such as the weekly Sugar Smart day. This means that one day a week there are only low sugar desserts and snacks available along with fresh fruit, educating students that low sugar alternatives can be just as delicious.
You can have a go at recreating some of the sugar smart recipes at home using the links below
Fresh fruit and home-baked bread will be available each day alongside, yoghurts and home-baked biscuits and muffins throughout the week.
Our Current Menus
Click on the link below to view the current menu:
Free School Meals
Universal free school meals
All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for free school meals.
Means-tested free school meals
You can get free school meals if your child attends a local authority maintained school (not private) and you receive one of the following:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
- An income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed the current year’s level
- the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finished, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week.
- Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month) )
- You, as the parent or guardian, must Receive Child Benefit for the child you are responsible for.
- Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
- Children who receive “education suitable for children who have not attained compulsory school age” will still need to satisfy the additional requirement of “receiving education both before and after the lunch period”, before being eligible to receive free school meals.
There are also cases where the parent/guardian whose children may be eligible for free school meals is not on Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction, i.e. where they are not the householder. This is generally the case where the pupils’ parent/guardian lives in another household.
Where children would prefer to bring a packed lunch from home, families are encouraged to follow our Healthy Eating Policy.
There are lots of ideas and advice on the Change for Life website . Click the image below to find out more