Meals are cooked on the premises, and provide the children with a varied and well-balanced diet. A canteen method of service is in operation, the children may choose one of two options, either a packed lunch from home or a lunch from a selection of healthy light lunches and snacks available from school.
The menu for school dinners is on a three-weekly cycle, please follow the link below to view our current choices.
Lunch Menu 2017 - 2018
The cost of a meal provided by the school is £10.00 per week (£2.00 a day) and can be paid either through ParentPay or at one of the Pay Points around school (there are 2 in the reception area).
Meals have to be paid for at least a week in advance. Alternatively, half termly or termly payments can be made. As we are a ParentPay school parents have a secure online account on www.parentpay.com, activated using a unique username and password; making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward and ParentPay holds an electronic record of all payments for you to view at a later date. When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful. Please rest assured that no card details are stored on the system or are accessible by the school or ParentPay.
Parents who do not wish to make online payment can make a cash payment at one of the Pay Points situated at the office, please be aware that they do not give change, therefore correct money is needed.
If dinner money is in debt school meals will terminate and your child will need to bring a packed lunch into school. Full repayment of the debt will still be required.
If your child wishes to change from dinners to packed lunches or vice versa you can let the office know, giving 2 weeks’ notice where possible.
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
From September 2014 every pupil in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 were offered free healthy school lunches.
We encourage all the parents to take up this offer of a free school meal, as good food and good food culture has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved educational attainment. We believe that the school lunchtime is a great opportunity for all our children to sit down together and enjoy their healthy and tasty meal, while developing their social skills.
If however you prefer for your child to be on packed lunch please let the school office know.
Registering for School meals
We ask that ALL PARENTS eligible for free school meals please contact Salford Gateway and register with them. This is important so that we can continue to register pupils who attract pupil premium which is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England to raise the attainment of certain groups of pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:
- Registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
- Been in local authority care for 6 months or longer.
Register for free school meals to help out your school
If your child is eligible for free school meals, it’s worth registering them even if they’re not going to have the school lunch. This is because schools receive a ‘pupil premium’ – an extra payment for each eligible child which they can spend on useful services.
Families who may be eligible to apply for free school meals can contact Salford Local Authority on 0161 909 6508 or Apply in person at the Gateway centres:
Are you eligible?
Parents or guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
- Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit Run-on, which is the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit, their children are entitled to free school lunches.
- Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals
The children are allowed to opt for a packed lunch. We offer the following as guidance on the types of items you might like to include in your children’s lunches.
- A good portion of starchy food e.g. wholegrain bap, wholemeal bread, chapatti, pita pocket, pasta or rice salad. Small amounts of low fat spread in sandwiches as opposed to butter.
- Plenty of fruit and vegetables e.g. an apple, Satsuma, handful of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks, mini can of fruit chunks, packet of unsalted nuts or small box of raisins.
- A portion of semi skimmed milk or dairy food e.g. individual cheese portion or pot of yoghurt.
- A portion of lean meat, fish or alternative e.g. ham, chicken, beef, tuna, egg or hummus.
- A biscuit, cake, bun or scone.
Should you require any help or guidance with ideas as to what you can put in your childs packed lunch, please visit the Change 4 Life webpage.
Change 4 Life Healthy Packed Lunch Guide
The children have access to water at all times both during lessons and in the dining hall. Children are not allowed to bring fizzy drinks, juices, flavoured water or other soft drinks to school in their water bottles. Fizzy drinks are not allowed as part of packed lunches.
At present, all Foundation Stage and KS1 pupils are given a piece of fruit at morning break.
Sweets are only allowed as special treats for the whole class on birthdays or from holidays. These must be given out at the end of school with a teacher’s consent. Chewing gum, bubble gum and lollipops are strictly forbidden for health and safety reasons.
Milk is provided free for all children up to the age of five years. Children who are on free school meals are also entitled to free school milk. If your child is over 5 and not on free school meals there is a charge for milk paid termly.