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School Meals

Nidderlicious Catering Facility

School Catering … not just Nutritious School Meals

Nidderdale recognises the important contribution that nutritious school meals make to students’ health and learning. School meals are an essential part of lunchtimes.  We aim for all students to be able to eat in school with their friends and to enjoy their social time in a modern, pleasant environment.

Food at Nidderdale is prepared on site from fresh local produce by our Catering Manager (Mrs Kate Naylor) and team (Mrs D Clark, Mrs S Whelan, Mrs T Tinsley).

England now has the most stringent school food standards worldwide to ensure that food provided to pupils in school is nutritious and of high quality and to:

  1. promote good nutritional health in all pupils
  2. protect those who are nutritionally vulnerable
  3. promote good eating behaviour

A summary of the revised standards introduced in January 2015 is available from the School Food Plan website. The standards apply to hot and cold lunches for students and require at least two items from the following food groups to be available:

Bread, potatoes, rice, pasta / Vegetables and fruit / Meat, fish or alternative source of protein

School’s Weekly Menu is uploaded onto the website and copies are displayed in the Dining Hall and in form rooms.

In 2014, the school was awarded National Healthy School status.  This award recognises excellent work in:

  1. Healthy eating
  2. Physical activity
  3. Emotional health and well-being
  4. Personal, social and health education (PSHCE)

Food Safety

We have a fully comprehensive Quality Assurance system supported by the Food Standards Agency through Harrogate Borough Council to safeguard catering practices within school. All members of the catering team hold food hygiene and safety certificates.

We retain our top hygiene rating of 5 (Very Good). This inspection result reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority.

Theme Days

We hold regular theme days throughout the year. These days may be seasonal (e.g. Easter, Christmas); topical (e.g. World Cup, Olympic Games); traditional (e.g. Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean). These days are popular with students as special menus are prepared and often the dining rooms decorated by catering staff.

We put great value in listening to what students want from their catering service and we survey specific groups on appropriate issues annually. We analyse results and where appropriate adjust the menus to use students’ suggestions.  The last survey (2015) showed 96% of students were highly satisfied with school catering.  Menu ideas implemented from 2015 feedback include:  Spicy

Cashless Catering

We use a “cashless catering “system which removes the need for students to carry cash. Accounts are loaded via the school website home page (Gateway icon). Parents register as users and transfer funds onto the student account.  Students use their thumbprint or PIN number to access accounts and pay for their meal.

Free School Meals

The cashless catering system in operation ensures discretion for those on free school meals. If you believe you may be eligible for free school meals for your child you should read the following information.

Free School Meals

Free school meals are available to children whose parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  1. income support
  2. income-based job seeker's allowance
  3. income-related employment and support allowance
  4. child tax credit with an income of less than £16,190 and not in receipt of working tax credit
  5. support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999
  6. guarantee element of state pension credit.

Where parents are entitled to working tax credit during a four week "run on" period immediately after their employment has ceased, or after they have started to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.

Children who receive income support or income based jobseeker's allowance in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.

Should you meet the above criteria, you can apply by using the application form on the NYCC website (link below).  Applications are usually processed the same day. If your child is entitled to free school meals you will receive a letter confirming the date when the meals will start. The school is also notified that your child is entitled to free school meals. In the meantime, you should continue to pay for free school meals until confirmation comes through. Schools may be able to arrange a reimbursement of any monies paid whilst your entitlement is being confirmed.  If you are not entitled to free school meals you will be notified in writing.

Further Information provided by North Yorkshire County Council:  Information about Free School meals