We offer toast and cereals in the morning for breakfast to all children. In addition, fruit is available free of charge. Water is available to all children throughout the day.
We are very lucky to have our kitchens on each of the 2 sites. Every day fresh meals are cooked to order. There is an agreed menu that rotates over a 4 week period. Every morning pupils get to choose the meal they want from that day’s menu. This is done during the morning registration session and orders are then collected and taken to the kitchen by 9.30am.
The variety and quality of meals are both excellent and represent real value for money. The cost of a school meal is £2.23 per day (£11.15 each week). Meals must be paid for at the school office at the beginning of the week. They are nutritional and the menus try to reflect what young people like, combined with the foods they need to be eating to ensure they are fit and healthy.
There is great value in knowing your child gets a good hot meal every day. Chef is always happy to discuss food options should a child be particularly ‘choosy’ or medically intolerant regarding certain foods. However, occasionally some people prefer their own sandwiches, so you can bring your own packed lunch if you would prefer. Please speak to a member of staff to arrange this. We ask that packed lunches reflect a healthy lifestyle; a sandwich, fruit, yoghurts and crisps are all OK but we will not allow children to drink fizzy drinks. These items will be sent home with the child at the end of the day.
If ever the pupils are off-site on an activity during lunchtime, a ‘grab bag’ will be ordered from the kitchen for them to take with them.
In the Key Stage 2 groups, meals are eaten together with all pupils and staff sitting at the dining table in their own classroom. Food is brought to the classrooms in a ‘hot trolley’ and the children are served their meals by the staff. This is a very ‘family’ approach to eating and is both a learning and a social activity.
Please note – water and juice are always available throughout the day in school including lunchtime, so we ask that pupils do not bring their own drinks to school, especially ‘fizzy’ drinks. If they do, these will be kept safely at the school office and returned to the pupil at the end of the day.
Free School Meals
You can apply for a child that lives with you and you are responsible for – for example if you get the child benefit or child tax credit for them.
The child must live in the area covered by Manchester City Council and go to school in any area of Greater Manchester apart from Stockport. Manchester children who go to school in Stockport must apply to Stockport council.
If you live somewhere else apply to your own council. You will be asked you about any benefits you, or your partner claim. You’ll need your National Insurance number too, so have it ready before you start.