Lunches are £2.00 per day, £10.00 per week. Children can either bring their own drink or water is provided.
Payment of school lunch is made through ParentPay, the school’s online payment system. School lunches must be paid for in advance, which can be done weekly, monthly or each half term. At the start of each half term, ParentPay will state the amount due for that period should you wish to pay in full. This amount can be adjusted should there be a credit or debit balance on your account from the previous period. ParentPay is quick and easy to use, giving you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like.
Children in years 1, 2 and Reception currently receive free school meals under the Universal Infant Free School Meal Plan.
If you wish to change meal arrangements, the school office must be notified and given at least one week’s notice.
If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, you can contact Customer Contact Centre on 0161 909 6508.
Eligibility for free school meals can be found via the link Free School Meals
Free School Meals For Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
Please click on the link to access information about Universal Infant free school meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
Current School Menu
Current School Allergens Menu
Food In School
Some top tips from the BBC about fun and healthy lunchboxes.
In house – School Meals Provision
Back in September 2011 the Governing Body took the decision to opt out of the Local Authority catering service and take over control of our meal service. We have been considering this project for a number of years.
As you can imagine this is a complex project, but nevertheless a very exciting one for our school. There were many issues to consider and it has been a big step to take responsibility for our own food services. Although we relished the prospect of total control, it also mean’t we were taking on a wide range of new responsibilities.
To provide a compliant service we had to ensure financial controls were in place, staffing was appropriate, menu planning was varied, nutritional standards were adhered to and food sourcing was appropriate, together with legislative compliance
Despite the complexities, there are now many schools that have successfully set up their own service or have always had an in-house service. Research also indicates an increasing number of schools intending to go down this path.
The following links provide some interesting case studies;
The school can take full control and can respond to the precise needs of the school, the children, parents and the wider school community. It is also particularly flexible in supporting our whole school food policy approach.
We have been able to consider environmental, economic and social sustainability in food sourcing including sourcing food locally, which also contributes to the health of the local economy.
There are many successful examples of schools running their services in-house and anecdotal evidence of satisfaction with the outcome.
Advice about Meat Adulteration
In 2013 there were some meat adulteration issues reported in the press. The Food Safety Authority sent us the following statement:
‘We are aware of the FSAI’s (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) recent investigations and subsequent press reports in January 2013 relating to the finding of horse and pig meat in retail beef burgers.
We are also aware of the recent press releases and communications from the FSA (Food Standards Agency) relating to the finding of horsemeat in branded and retail brand ready meals.
We would like to re-assure customers that none of our supplier’s own brand products are sourced from the organisations named, and none of our supplier’s own brand products have been implicated in any of these findings.
Wider tests on all their own brand burgers started two weeks ago and are ongoing. The results returned so far have all proved negative for horsemeat and pig meat.
Our supplier has informed us that their Technical and Purchasing teams are monitoring the evolving situation very closely.
In addition to our supplier’s own brand, we also buy other brands through this supplier and they have had reconfirmation on the source, traceability and processing of those products.
Further DNA testing on all their branded products containing beef is also underway. We will provide further updates when we receive them.
We will continue to request updates from our supplier. We are confident that they are following the FSA guidelines and are working alongside the whole food industry to help investigate and resolve this issue’.
The mince we use currently in school is lamb mince and we don’t purchase any pre-cooked ready meals. All of our meals are cooked on site but I will be asking for regular updates from our supplier as the investigations continue.
I am re-assured that the meals we provide are safe for our children to eat.
Mr M Platt