The School Day

Students should arrive on site by 08.45, ready for a prompt start to the day at 08.55.

On arrival at school, all coats and other outdoor clothing should be left in the locker provided for each student. Outdoor clothing is not permitted in classrooms. If a locker key is lost, a replacement should be requested from Student Services or the Main Office at a cost of £2.00.

The day commences with a period for Collective Worship and/or contemplation of our week's theme. This is followed by five lessons of learning; we have a morning break of 15 minutes, and a 55 minute school lunch break for each Year group.

The normal school day has a staggered end with pupils leaving from 15.30 tthrough to 15.45, after-school activities run shortly after the final lesson.


For the benefit of their health, students are encouraged to walk or cycle to school; proper cycle parking facilities are provided. There are school bus services available for journeys to and from the Headland; for students living in other areas of the town, the school is served by the popular No. 6 bus route.

An overview of the day shape can be viewed by

clicking here.
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School Meals

Breakfast Club: 08.00 till 08.45 (All pupils should arrive by 8.35am). A healthy, nourishing start to the day at very attractive prices. And there is no obligation to buy food - you can just come in out of the cold, meet your friends and chat quietly, read a book or complete your homework. The only condition is that you must be in full uniform, wearing your blazer, tie etc. in the proper manner.

Morning break: Healthy snacks and drinks are on offer.

Lunch: A very wide range of healthy food and drink options are offered at attractive prices. Pupils may bring their own packed lunch to school; a separate seated area is available. If you choose this option, we require that you supply a still (non-fizzy) drink or fruit juice. Fizzy drinks are not good for children and the school does not sell them.

All pupils remain on school premises during the lunch break; this is to ensure their welfare and safety. Any parent wishing their child to come home for lunch must make a written request which will be considered by the Headteacher.

The school meals on offer follow a 3 week rotation menu. Please click on the link below to view the current 3 week lunch menus.

Spring Term 2022 Menu
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Biometrics system

No cash is used in the Dining Hall. Pupils will have an electronic account which can be accessed via the biometrics automatic recognition system using either an image of their finger print, or by using a pin number. These accounts can be used to purchase food and drink.

ParentPay FAQs

ParentPay system

Money for spending in the Dining Hall can be added to the account by using notes or coins at any of the biometric terminals around the school. On the 1st December 2016 the Parent Pay on-line payment system was launched, allowing pupil’s accounts to be accessed and funds topped up by parents on-line.


ParentPay Information

Pupils entitled to Free School Meals

If you feel you may qualify for free school meals, you should definitely register. If you are eligible you will save a considerable amount of money and the school will also be able to claim extra Government cash to further support your child's education. Around one-third of our pupils are currently registered for free school meals, so your child will not be alone! Our cashless system also means that all children are treated the same whether they are entitled to free school meals or not. The registration process is simple and completely confidential.

Free School Meals - Do You Qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

• Income Support (IS)

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IBJSA)

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• The guaranted element of Pension Credit

• Child Tax Credit, (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

Universal Credit.

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get Free School Meals.

If you think you qualify, contact Mrs N. Roberts at school. Telephone (01429) 273041.

The registration process is completely confidential and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Parent Pamphlet

Did you know . . . just registering your child for Free School Meals means that St. Hild’s gets an extra £935 of Government money each year?

PLEASE CHECK IF YOU MIGHT QUALIFY! It is not just whether you are unemployed, so please check if you qualify.

You’ll be in good company – around one-third of all students have Free School Meals!

For every child registered, the school receives a Pupil Premium (£935 as at April 2016). This is over and above the cost of actually providing the free meals. This extra money is very valuable to the school in the present climate of financial cuts, and you will gain a number of benefits:

Your child can have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime (saving you over £350 each year) – if you provide a packed lunch each day, you can save the entire cost of that.

If you prefer to continue with packed lunches, that is no problem, but your child will have the option of a free meal at any time, and the school will still benefit greatly from the extra Government money, just as long as you are registered for Free School Meals.

Your child will qualify for free music tuition through the Tees Valley Music Service, and you may qualify for assistance towards the cost of school trips.

Please be assured that, in the Dining Hall, it is impossible to tell who has Free School Meals and who does not – all students select and pay for their food in exactly the same by the use of their fingerprint which is registered on the biometric system. The accounts of those on Free School Meals are credited with £2.20 each day, enough for a two course meal, or one course plus a drink. This happens automatically, the student does nothing.

Registration is quick and easy, please contact Mrs N. Roberts at school for advice and assistance.