School Meals and Snacks
St Margaret Clitherow Academy has a new school meals provider from Monday 2nd November 2020.
The food that children eat at school plays an important role in their wellbeing and eating a well-balanced diet will not only maintain and improve their health, but will also set them on the right track for later life. We understand this and that is why we have selected a caterer who is passionate about serving fresh, high quality and locally sourced food that is cooked in our own kitchens.
Aspens Catering has been selected as the new catering provider due to the freshness and quality of their food. They always strive to provide a nutritious range of food that differs every day and our food provision continues to be healthy, nutritious but above all else, safe in the unprecedented environment that we find ourselves in. Aspens have been the caterers at 5 schools across our Trust for a number of years and have a proven record of providing an outstanding school meal service.
Here’s a summary of what we are doing behind the scenes to ensure that there is a smooth transition to the new caterer:
Our school meals service will not change for your child, other than some re-branding, better choices and exclusively, freshly produced food. Aspens do not use frozen or pre-packed food, and everything is prepared on site from fresh ingredients.
The staff serving your child have not change as they have moved to Aspens Catering. This means that the staff that your child sees every day have stayed the same. Information on allergens has been passed through to the new caterer.
There is no change to the way you pay for meals and you should continue using the School Gateway service that you currently use.
The price of school meals has not changed.
Children in Reception, Year 1, and Year 2 can claim a free school meal irrespective of family income. We would encourage all parents of children in these school years to take this up.
There may be some families that have had a recent change in financial circumstances and may now be entitled to apply for Free School Meals. Whilst free school meals used to have a certain stigma attached, please be assured that this is no longer the case. There is absolutely no distinction in school and your child receives exactly the same service and choice. We would encourage you to apply for free school meals if you are able to do so. This website helps you to establish if you can claim https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals. Application forms are available from the school office.
Please click HERE to view the menus available from Aspens for your child, or to download the app to your smartphone. All religious and special dietary needs can be fully catered for.
We hope that this helps to make your decision about school meals a little easier. If your child has tried school meals before and does not currently have one, then we really hope that they will give them another try. Our new caterer is different. They are experts in feeding school aged children and are really looking forward to providing your child with their school meal..
The cost is £2.25 per meal for Year 3 upwards (£11.25 per week) and £2.00 for Nursery meal (£10.00 per week). Payment is required in advance or at the beginning of each week. Payment by cash should be in an envelope with the child's name, amount & quoting 'School Dinner'. This should be handed to class teacher in the morning. Cheques payable to 'St Margaret Clitherow Academy'.
If your child has a special dietary requirement please come in and discuss it with us.
To view the new menus from Aspens, please click HERE
In September 2014, Universal Free School Meals were introduced for all pupils in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2. We encourage all parents to take up the offer.
In addition, your child may also qualify for free school meals if you are receiving one of the benefits listed below:
Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
If you think your child may qualify for free school meals, please speak to a member of our office staff or our home school support worker for further information or an application form.
Free School Meals should be claimed for all eligible children, regardless of age (including children entitled to Universal Free School Meals) as the school receives a Pupil Premium Grant from the government for all children who claim Free School Meals.
Children may bring a healthy packed lunch. These should be in a secure container and must not contain any glass bottles, sweets, chocolate bars, or nuts, including peanut butter, nutella etc. This is because there are pupils with severe nut allergies.
All lunch boxes will be stored in the red boxes next to your child's class. These should be taken home at the end of each day.
Foundation and Key Stage One Children are provided with a free piece of fruit, during morning break time every day, under the National Fruit Scheme. Milk is free for children under the age of five and those in receipt of free school meals. Otherwise, when your child reaches five, you will be asked to pay for school milk. A letter will be sent from the school office each term.
Key Stage Two children are allowed to bring a snack from home to eat at morning playtime. This must be a healthy snack such as a piece of fruit or plain biscuit. Snacks are not to be shared with others.