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Throston Primary School

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School Meals

Monies are collected each Monday morning and it is essential that all meals are paid for on Monday mornings. If children are absent, money must be paid on the day they return. If children are late into school on any day, they should report straight to the school office so that they can be given their attendance and meal mark for the day. The school kitchen has to be informed of the number of children requiring a lunch by 10 o’clock in the morning each day. If your child arrives in school after 10 o’clock, a meal may not be available for them. If your child is to have a dental or doctor’s appointment and will be late in, a message should be sent to school so that a meal can be ordered.

The present cost of a school meal for a child is £2.05 per day. If you are paying by cheque, please make your cheque payable to ‘Hartlepool Borough Council’. Children may have a school dinner, packed lunch or go home for lunch. Arrangements may be altered every four weeks. School meals are prepared in our state-of the-art kitchen and offer a healthy, balanced diet for the children. There is a good choice available which always includes a vegetarian option. If parents are sending children with a packed lunch, could we ask that you ensure this also provides a healthy, balanced diet. Children on packed lunches can bring a non fizzy drink (no cans or bottles please) or have a beaker of water provided by the school. Parents with difficulties regarding lunch arrangements should speak to the head teacher.



Food and Drink Information:



  • All children under the age of five years receive free milk on a daily basis.
  • All children within Early Years receive daily snacks. Children in Key Stage 1 receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each day.
  • In Key Stage 2 children can purchase a piece of fruit each day for 30p.
  • Free, fresh drinking water is available at all times. Children are also encouraged to bring water to school.
  • Children are not allowed to bring a thermos flask to school, or tins or skewers.
  • The school advises children to bring packed lunches in insulated bags with freezer blocks where possible, to stop the food going off.
  • Wherever possible the school will ensure that packed lunch pupils and school dinner pupils will be able to sit and eat together.
  • The school recognises that some pupils may require special diets. If your child needs a special diet please let us know.
  • The school has a School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG). The group takes a wholeschool approach to diet and nutrition and helps the school to keep its National Healthy School Status. To find out more about SNAG please contact Mrs. Bloomfield.
  • The school will always encourage parents/carers to provide healthy packed lunches for their children as directed by the government.


A Throston Primary ‘Healthy Packed Lunch’ would include the following:

Fruit and Vegetables; Seeds; Meat, Fish and other Non-Dairy Protein; Starchy Foods such as Bread, Noodles, Pasta and Rice; Dairy Food such as Cheese, Milk and Yoghurt & Drinks such as Fruit Juice, Smoothies and Water.

A Throston Primary ‘Unhealthy Packed Lunch’ would include the following:

Snacks such as Cakes and Crisps; Confectionery such as Chocolate and Sweets & Meat Products such as Sausage Rolls and Pies.




Free School Meals:

In September 2014 due to a new government initiative all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal. At Throston Primary we will assume parents and carers take up this offer, unless we are informed you wish to provide your child with a packed lunch instead.

All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are currently entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) to ensure they receive a hot healthy meal at lunchtime. Parents claiming any of the benefits listed below can apply for free school meals for any of their children who are registered at a Hartlepool school and who would normally be at school at lunch time. Parents of pupils in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 who are in receipt of any of the benefits listed below should telephone (01429) 284188 to claim their Pupil Premium. By claiming your free school meal you are helping your child's school receive more funding through Pupil Premium. 


  • Universal Credit;

  • Income Support;

  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance;

  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related);

  • Child Tax Credit – where annual income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs does not exceed £16,190 and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit;

  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit);

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.


Changes in Circumstances 

  • Please remember you must inform the Benefits Section if your circumstances change, e.g. change in employment or you start to receive another benefit, as this will affect your entitlement.

  • If your child receives a free school meal which they are not entitled to, the cost of that meal must be paid to the school. Under no circumstances will schools allow debts to be accumulated.

  • If you change your address you must tell the school and the Benefit Section immediately.

  • If your child moves to another school, you need to tell the Benefits Section so that arrangements can be made for free school meals to be available at the new school.


School Menu:

Please note the Local Authority provide a menu to help with your child’s food choices. To obtain a copy please download a copy at the bottom of this page. The menu is split up into a variety of choices and is coloured coded. Each coloured section represents a separate food group i.e.


The RED = ‘Protein’ choices such as: Fish, chicken, meat, eggs or non-meat options such as; Quorn, cheese or pulses such as kidney beans etc. There are at least 3 choices everyday to choose from.


The BLUE section = ‘Starchy Carbohydrates’ such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc. There will be 2-3 choices everyday to choose from.


The GREEN section = ‘Vegetables’ such as peas, carrots, broccoli, swede, cauliflower etc. There will be 2-3 choices everyday to choose from.


The PINK section = ‘Desserts’ section and children will have a choice of hot or cold puddings ranging from fruit sponges, yoghurts, flapjacks/tray bakes or fresh fruit/fresh fruit salad. There will be a selection to choose from everyday. Children can also select from the delicious salad bar.


Each child will be advised to choose 1 option from the RED (protein) food group, along with 1 option from the BLUE (starchy carbohydrate) group and 2 or 3 options from the GREEN (vegetable) group - before then choosing one delicious dessert from the PINK desserts group.


Each child will be able to identify which food group they are choosing from by the Coloured handles on the utensils that the catering staff will be using to serve their food choices.


RED Utensils for Protein choices. BLUE Utensils for ‘Starchy Carbohydrates’ etc.