Food in School
Catering service survey February 2020
We are very proud of the quality and variety of the school meals we provide here at North Harringay. The school has gone into partnership with Pabulum Catering to make the whole school meals experience even better for our children. Pabulum share the same values as the school when it comes to school meals: fresh, nutritional food cooked with care and skill, using sustainable, environmentally-friendly sources, locally supplied where possible. Each term, we have a seasonal menu with a wide choice of dishes, as well as themed meal days.
Below is a link to Pabulum website, where parents can view and download a copy of the menu, which will include allergen information for each dish.
Free School Meals
Children in families who receive income support, job seekers allowance, child tax credit or who are refugees or asylum seekers are entitled to free school meals. If you think you may be entitled to free school meals, please come and ask at the school office.
It is important that you register if you are entitled to free school meals, even if your child does not have a school lunch, as the school will receive additional funding for each child who is eligible for free school meals. This is money which can be spent on equipment and resources to help your child’s learning.
Children may bring a packed lunch to eat at school as an alternative to school lunch. Please make sure there are no nuts, cans, glass bottles, chocolate, sweets or drinks other than water or milk. Crisps are allowed on Fridays only.
Snacks and Water
We encourage healthy eating in school and children may bring a piece of fruit to eat during the morning break. Fruit is provided for the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We encourage the children to bring a bottle of water to keep in their classroom and we have water dispensers on each corridor. Children under 5 receive milk free of charge, paid for by the UK government. If your child is over 5 and you receive state benefits, your child may be entitled to free school milk, paid for by the school. If your child is over 5 but you don’t receive state benefits then milk is still available at a subsidised rate.
Please note that due to the large number of pupils with severe food allergies we will not allow any food to be brought into school to celebrate children's birthdays. This includes all types of food such as cakes, biscuits or fruit.
Changes in school meals arrangements
If you wish to change your child’s lunch arrangements (change from school lunch to packed lunch or from packed lunch to school lunch), you will need to give one week’s notice in writing to the school office. Change in School Meals Arrangement forms are available from the office or dowloadable (link below)
Paying for school meals
Payments are made using our online payment system SchoolMoney.
Payments for school lunches should be made at least weekly in advance. Parents can also pay monthly or half-termly in advance. As parents/carers have access to their child’s account at any time the school will no longer send payment reminder messages.
Please visit the website www.eduspot.co.uk to check your child's account and to make payments.