Our School Meals
At Hugh Gaitskell Primary, like most schools in Leeds, we use Catering Leeds to provide our school meal service.
Cooked meals, including vegetarian and Halal options, are prepared daily in our kitchen and children are offered a choice of starters, main courses and desserts. Salads and fruit are always available. Catering Leeds provides food which meets national Food Standards criteria.
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.
Take a look at our lunchtime menus below. Providing your child with variety and choice is important to us- this is why we offer a new menu each week. Scroll down to see them all.
Free School Meals
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 our School Business Manager, Mr Bulmer on 01132716963
- Contact Leeds Revenues & Benefits Service on 0113 222 4404, Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm
- Visit a One Stop Centre – the nearest one to school is on Dewsbury Road: 190 Dewsbury Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS11 6PF
- Visit your local housing office
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
Sugar Reduction Pilot- new starters
We will be a pilot school for the 'Sugar Reduction Project'. This means that we are going to trial having a starter instead of a pudding on two days of the week. One of the days will be a bread starter and the other day will be a dip starter.
The reason for this is to reduce the amount of sugar that we eat each day. We know that too much sugar adds additional calories to our diet which is not good for our weight and is also bad for the heart.
There are only five other schools in the city who are taking part in this project.
Our School Parliament members, who have already trailed the new starters, reported that this was a welcome change to the menu! They said that the new starters are delicious!
Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch which are eaten in the main hall.
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 – fizzy drinks and energy drinks must be avoided.
Practical tips for a healthy packed lunch
• Involve your child in choosing and preparing their packed lunch
• Keep food fresh by adding a small frozen ice pack
• One child’s portion size of fruit or vegetables is roughly the same amount as they could hold in their hand
• Swap to wholegrain bread, or use one slice of white and one of brown
• Try to vary fillings for sandwiches and always try to add some salad. Ideas for fillings include lean meats, chicken and mashed avocado, quorn slices, hummus, egg, fish (such as tuna or salmon), cottage cheese, grated cheese, cream cheese or sliced banana
• Using a different type of bread each day can make lunchboxes more interesting
• Try an alternative to sandwiches- make rice, pasta, couscous or bean salads instead. Or use rice cakes, crackers or bagels
• You can use leftovers such as pasta dishes as part of your child’s packed lunch the following day
• Swap squash and sweetened drinks to diluted pure fruit juice, water (provided at school) or milk
For more information and advice have a look at: