School Meals

 

 Current School Menu 

HARTLEPOOL bOROUGH cOUNCIL

As the main school meal provider in Hartlepool, we recognise that we have an important role to play in the future health and well-being of the town’s children. 

We promote the importance of a balanced diet and help children to make healthier lunch time choices through a 'colour code' system which is clearly displayed on the school menus.  Children learn that if they choose a portion from each colour group they will be enjoying a well balanced meal.

All of our meals meet national school food regulations and we also hold the Bronze 'Food for Life' Catering Mark for Primary Schools.  This award demonstrates that we are committed to providing fresh, sustainable, locally sourced and high quality foods. 

We offer an appealing, well designed menu which is renewed each Spring and Autumn.  Special theme day meals are also introduced from time to time to match curriculum themes or to commemorate and celebrate anniversaries or events. 

Our current menu can be downloaded below.  Please note some schools have opted for minor variations to this menu.

A FREE school meal is available to all children in Reception classes and Years 1 and 2, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.

Children in Years 3 to 6 still have to pay for lunch unless they are eligible for free school meals.  The current cost of a primary school lunch is £2.05 per day.

Parents claiming certain benefits can apply for free school meals for any of their children who are registered at a Hartlepool school and who would normally be at school at lunch time. Please telephone 01429 284188 to apply.

If your child has a special dietary requirement please let your school know.  We would be happy to plan suitable meals to meet your needs. 

NEW - Free School Meals Key Stage 1 Initiative 

 

Free meals for primary pupils 

Reception, Year 1 and 2 pupils in state primary schools will receive free meals.  This will save families over £370 per eligible child.

 

Free School Meals

Do you know that you could just be a phone call away from claiming free school meals?

You can claim free school meals if you have responsibility for a child or children and are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and the household income does not exceed more than £16,190.
  • Guaranteed State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

Also, Hartlepool Council receives an extra £1300 from the Government for every successful claim for free school meals to spend in schools and colleges. So even if your child doesn't have a school meal, claiming will help your child's school.

 

To find out more call 01429 284188 - email benefits@hartlepool.gov.uk

 If you would like to support the school and apply for free school meals, please contact reception where forms will be made available. 

 

 Fruit Tuck Shop

 Children in Key Stage One and Foundation receive a piece of fruit a day, free, from the Government Fruit Scheme.

 

For Key Stage Two  we have a healthy snack shop open on a morning 10:30 - 10:45am.  Children from Year 6 are in charge and they sell a selection of fruit.  A donation of 20p per portion would be appreciated.

  

Packed lunchches

A balanced packed lunch should contain:

  • Starchy foods. These are bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and others.
  • Protein foods. These are meat, fish, eggs, beans and others.
  • A dairy item. This could be cheese or yoghurt.
  • Vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit.

Starchy foods are a good source of energy, and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring. Instead of sandwiches give kids bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.

Get ideas for healthy starchy foods.

Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers, and give them hummus  or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods and they can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.

Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit, dried fruit.

Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, like kiwi or melon.

Unsalted nuts are a great snack food for children to have at home, but it's best to leave them out of your child's packed lunch. Many schools ban nuts to protect pupils with a nut allergy.

Here are more ideas for healthy food swaps.

You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new.

 

CHOKING HAZARD - Please ensure food is chopped up into small pieces (e.g grapes).

 

 

Making healthier food

It may take a while for your children to get used to a healthier lunchbox. But it will be worth it for their health, so keep trying.

You can help by eating a wider range of foods at home, as a family. For ideas on how to introduce more fruit and vegetables into your family’s diet, read 5 A DAY and your family.

Reading supermarket food labels can help you to buy healthier foods for your child's lunch, and for family meal times. Learn more in Buy healthier food.

Save chocolate and cakes for occasional treats. Remember to praise your child when they've tried something new, to show your encouragement.

You can find lots of ideas for healthy lunches at Change4Life: healthy lunchbox ideas.

Lunchbox ideas

 

There are more ideas for healthy packed lunches at the Children's Food Trust website page on packed lunches.