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School Meals

Your guide to school dinners

We promote a healthy, balanced, active lifestyle, of which food is a very important factor and regularly features as part of our school day. We like to encourage pupils to appreciate the food and drinks consumed through the day and how these contribute to their balanced nutritional intake and hydration levels.

School meals are cooked by our in-house catering team.  Meals are carefully planned and incorporated into a three week cycle.  Menus are designed and shared with parents every half term.  All menues meet strict national standards and are evaluated by an external quality assurance company.  This ensures are menus provide our children with the best possible range of meals.

Current Menu

Please Click here for our current menu

Signining up for school meals

Children are asked to make a selection at the start of each week, choosing to either have a school meal or bring in a packed lunch.  This choice is made during morning registration on Monday.  We are unable to alter choices midweek due to stock ordering timescales.

Paying for school meals

Parents should pay for school meals via their Parent Pay account.  For support with this, please contact the school office.  The current rate for school meals is 

Free School Meals

School pupils aged between 4 - 16 and pupils aged between 16 - 19 who go to a sixth form attached to a secondary school, may be able to get free school meals.

All pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for 'universal infant free school meals'. This includes academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision as well as maintained schools.

If you are eligible for free school meals based on the criteria below, please complete the application form. Your child’s eligibility will attract additional funding for their school known as a Pupil Premium payment. This money helps the school to improve the education they provide.​

Eligibility​

You can apply for free school meals if your child attends a school maintained by Rochdale education authority and you and your child live in the borough. You must also receive any of the following benefits:

Income Support (IS).

Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (IBJSA).

An income-related employment and support allowance.

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

Child Tax Credit (provided you aren't entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an income that doesn't exceed the current year's level).

The guaranteed element of state Pension Credit.

Working Tax Credit during the 4-week period immediately after your employment finished.

​​Universal Credit - please see information on eligibility below.

Eligibility for applicants on Universal Credit

The eligibility for free school meals for applicants on Universal Credit is changing from Sunday, 1 April 2018. From this date onwards your child will only be eligible for free schools meals under Universal Credit if you and your partner earn less than £7,400 per year.

However:

If your child was eligible for free school meals before Sunday, 1 April 2018, they'll stay eligible until Thursday, 31 March 2022, regardless of if you or your partner's income changes.

After Thursday, 31 March 2022, your child will stay eligible until the end of their current phase of education. For example, if your child is in year 4 in 2022, they will remain eligible until they finish primary school but will no longer be eligible for free school meals in secondary school if you and your partner earn more than £7,400 per year.

Additional requirements

You, as the parent or guardian, must receive Child Benefit for the child you are responsible for.

Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.

​If your circumstances change

If your or your child’s circumstances change free school meals may be withdrawn. All changes of circumstance must be reported by the claimant.

Backdating

Free school meals are generally awarded from the date we get the application.

If there's a break of four to five weeks in a claim for free school meals they would normally be reinstated back to the date of cancellation providing you are receiving a qualifying benefit.

It's possible for free school meals to be backdated, especially if there are arrears involved, providing the claimant was getting a qualifying benefit for the whole of the period. The parent must give good reasons, in writing, as to why they want their child's school meals payments backdating

Click on the link to download an application form for

Free School Meals