At Gainford Church of England Primary and Pre-School, we promote and encourage healthy eating. During your child’s time here, they will have many opportunities to try a wide variety of foods and textures. We also like to include the children in the preparation and the choice of their snack.
Taylor Shaw, Durham County Council’s approved catering contractor, provides our school meals. This means that pupils who opt to stay for school lunch, have a variety of healthy, nutritionally balanced foods. Children are provided with a school meal with either a hot or cold dessert. All pupils are offered chilled drinking water as part of their lunch.
Reception, Year 1 and Y2 children all qualify for a free school meal as part of Government funding. This is known as Universal Free School Meals. We would strongly encourage all of our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children to have a free school meal, particularly when there is such a wide choice of hot and cold meals including sandwiches.
The cost of a school meal for Year 3 – Year 6 pupils will be £2.20 from 4th April 2022.
The cost of a school meal for Pre-School children will be £2.64 from 4th April 2022.
School lunches must be ordered and paid for (if applicable) in advance using ParentPay our online payment system. The cut off time for ordering lunches is 8:30am on the day the lunch is required. Any lunches not taken due to absence will be credited back to the parent account.
The school requires 2 weeks’ notice to change from school meals to packed lunch or vice versa.
Children may bring a healthy packed lunch. To ensure consistency and to keep packed lunches in line with food standards for school meals, packed lunches should not contain the following:
- Fizzy / sugary drinks in cartons, bottles or cans
- Chocolate-coated products / sweets / confectionary
- Cereal bars, fruit bars
- Chocolate spread as a filling for sandwiches
- Chewing gum
- Sugared / toffee and salted popcorn