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School Council

School Meals

School Meals Menu Autumn 2019 - please click here to see the menu

We are fortunate to have our own kitchen in school. Excellent healthy school meals are provided by our cook, Miss Tookey, and are available for all pupils. All our children eat together in the dining hall. `a\We value this an important time in our school day, a time when staff and children can be together in a social situation. Children are encouraged to try all dishes offered but are not forced to eat foods they strongly dislike.  Vegetarian and special medical diets can be catered for.

Children who do not have a school meal may bring a packed lunch. We strongly encourage children to stay for a school lunch.

At various times during the year parents and friends are invited to enjoy lunch with us. Parents of new children are welcome to come and sample a meal, if they wish.

A cooked school meal is currently £2.50. It is important that dinner money is paid regularly. It is preferable that payment is made on Parentpay but if this is not possible, cash or a cheque (payable to Pickhill School) will be accepted for the total weekly amount. 

Some children may be eligible for free school meals, details about which are available from the Area Education Office.

A Midday Supervisory Assistant is employed to supervise the children during the lunch break.


There are two water fountains in the school, which the children have access to throughout the day. 


Free School Meals

Free school meals are available to all key stage one pupils and to children whose parents receive certain benefits.

From 1 April 2018 the Government introduced new regulations for people claiming free schools meals who receive Universal Credit. The change means that if your net annual earnings are more than £7,400 you will not be eligible to claim free school meals.

Pupils who received free school meals before 1 April 2018 and pupils who are assessed as eligible after 1 April 2018 will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the universal roll out period, which is expected to be March 2022. This applies even if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria at a subsequent point during the roll out period.

At the end of the Universal Credit roll out period, any existing pupil who no longer meets the eligibility criteria will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary school.

Qualifying for free school meals

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

  • income support
  • income-based job seeker's allowance
  • income-related employment and support allowance
  • child tax credit with an income of less than £16,190 and not in receipt of working tax credit
  • support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999
  • 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 in the useful downloads section.

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.

For further information provided by North Yorkshire County Council please click here

Universal Free School Meals for Infants 

If your child is in reception, year one or year two they are automatically entitled to a free school meal. Parents who are on benefits and meet the above criteria are still encouraged to  apply for additional funding (pdf / 332 KB), known as pupil premium funding. This benefits the school and helps increase your child's attainment. During the current roll out of Universal Credit if your child is approved for free school meals they will gain 'transitional protection' until at least March 2022.