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Catering within the school is provided by Spie, together we are committed to the promotion of healthy eating; pupils select their own meal and pay for it by use of a cashless catering system. Individual accounts are identified by fingerprint, money is added to the account by using SCOPay, the school's online payment system. Pupils are limited to spending £5 per day unless requested otherwise by a Parent/Carer. A wide choice is available for lunch, including chicken wraps, pasta dishes, baked potatoes, a variety of hot main courses and desserts, snacks, soup and bread rolls, fruit, milk shakes, fruit drinks and milk. Breakfast is also available from 8.00am until 8.25am and again at morning break time.

Using a cashless catering system has many benefits, one of which allows children who receive free school meals to remain anonymous. Money is automatically added to the pupil's account and everybody pays for items in exactly the same way.


A message from our Catering Department

St Patrick's Catering Department provide a whole range and varied selection of food. We provide a detailed book which contains allergen information for all items which are sold on site. 

If any pupils or staff are concerned about the content of any items we serve, please ask a member of the catering staff who will check the file. 

Spie Catering team are always striving to further develop the tasty, high quality of food that is served and compliant with the food standard association. We operate a 3 weekly menu cycle from food-to-go, to traditional dinners. Theme days are very popular with St Patrick's pupils and staff. 

Free School Meals pupils receive a daily credit of £2.20 on their cashless catering account. This allows them sufficient credit to purchase meals and snacks at lunchtime. As it is possible that your child may spend over their Free School Meals allowance, we advise parents/carers to make a payment into their cashless catering account to cover any overspend. At the end of the day if any of the £2.20 allowance has not been spent, the remainder of that allowance will be removed from the cashless catering balance. 


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Free School Meals

If you require any assistance relating to Free School Meals please contact Mrs Jones in the School Office on 0161 921 2334 or email stpatricks.rchighschool@salford.gov.uk

Free school meals are for children who:

  • live in the city of Salford (the area covered by Salford City Council); and
  • go to school (not a day nursery or children's centre)in Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford or Wigan)

Who Qualifies for Free School Meals?

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit (not working)
  • Universal Credit (working and net earnings are less than £7,400 per year)*
  • 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
  • Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit Run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • If you get support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

* Please note: To be entitled to claim free school meals (FSM) when working and claiming Universal Credit, the earnings for one period should be no more than £616.67, earnings for the last two periods should be no more than £1,233.34, and the earnings for the last three periods should be no more than £1,850.00. Therefore if your earnings for one, two or three periods are below the upper earnings limits stated, you would be entitled to claim FSM. However, if your earnings for one period exceed £616.67, or if your earnings for two periods exceed £1,233.34, or if your earnings for three periods exceed £1,850.00, then you would not qualify to claim FSM.

Children who receive any of the above benefits in their own right (for example they get payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.


If you believe your child is eligible for Free School Meals, please visit www.salford.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/free-school-meals/ to apply. 


Contact Us

St Patrick's RC High School
56 New Lane, Eccles, Manchester M30 7JJ