School Dinners and Free School Meals

School Dinner Information

Free School Meals and Universal Free School Meals.

At our Craig Hall school site the school dinners are provided by Salford Citywide. If you would like a copy of the menu, please contact the Craig Hall site. 

At our Swinton school site school dinners are provided by a company called Aspens.  If you would like a copy of the menu, please contact the Swinton site. 

All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for a Universal Free School Meal.  This is not means tested and is available to all pupils.   However, if you have a child in any of these year groups and you would be entitled to Free School Meals (see criteria below), it is important that you still apply as this will ensure your child will have access to a school meal in Y3-Y6 and it also provides the school with additional ‘Pupil Premium’ funding to help support pupils effectively. 

Pupils in Nursery have to pay unless they are entitled to an ‘Early Years Free School Meal’ due to their economic circumstance.  Pupils in Y3-Y6 have to pay unless entitled to Free School Meals which is means tested. 

School dinners are priced at £2.30 a day / £11.50 a week, this cost can be paid weekly, termly or yearly.  At present we are trying to limit the amount of cash or cheques that come into school therefore we recommend that school dinners are paid for using our online payment system – Pay360 or alternatively you can ask the school office to provide you with a Pay Point Card to allow you to pay cash or cheque at your local store/ post office.

For more information on how to register to use these services please click here.

If you require a school dinner forecast amount please contact the school office.


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Eligible for Free School Meals

To apply for Free School Meals, ring 0161 793 2500 – opt 2, then opt. 

You can fill in the Free School Meals form on ParentApp or also apply online via the following web page:

Free school meals are provided if a parent or guardian receives:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190.00)
  • 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.

Please be aware that FSM claims can only be processed over the phone if you have a “live” Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction claim in payment that confirms you are claiming one of the benefits or incomes listed above.

If you are an asylum seeker, supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, you will need to either apply online, or make an in person application, but please ensure that you can provide documentary evidence to support your claim that includes your Border Agency or NASS reference number.

NB: If we cannot confirm your entitlement to Free School Meals if you apply on-line or when you phone, you will need to make an in person application by visiting one of our Advice Sessions, details of which are available:

If you qualify for free school meals but your child has a packed lunch or has an alternative way of eating, your child can benefit financially whilst in school by you still claiming.

If you need any further advice, support or information please contact Megan on 0161 778 0022 or