When your child tucks into a school meal you can be assured a lot of thought has gone into making it as healthy as possible.
We only provide food that is fresh, prepared daily and which provides everything your child needs to feed their bodies and their minds without compromising quality and choice.
Therefore, we have put into place the ingredients that make our school meals service one you can trust – from preparation to plate.
Special Dietry Needs
If you require a special diet for medical or cultural reasons, please take a copy of the diet from your dietician, or medical practioner to the school, where this will be arranged. We are more than happy to arrange for you to discuss the details of an authorised diet with out catering staff.
Please let the school know if you require a diet for ethnic reasons, and this will be arranged.
Am I entitled to free school meals?
Your child, or children, may qualify for free school meals if you are able to meet the following criteria:
You or your partner must have a child or children for whom you receive child benefit who is in full time education, under 19 years of age and who attends a local authority school or sixth form.
You and your partner must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA – IB)
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA Income Related)
- Child Tax Credit – but not Working Tax Credit – and your income for Tax Credit purposes must be less than £16,190.00 (details are shown on your Tax Credit award notice)
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
If this applies to you, please call the Free School Meals Section at Gateshead Council on 0191 4333729.
If you satisfy the requirements your child(ren) will be able to claim free school meals
Note – Parents can be sure that pupils who receive a free school meal are not singled out in any way.