Paying for school meals

How much are school meals?

In primary schools the current pupil price for a two course school meal, including a main course item with sides and a dessert is £1.70.

In secondary schools, students can pay for items individually, or take advantage of the set meals and meal deals. The standard price for these meal packages is £2.35, and for this you will typically get a main course item with sides and a dessert or drink.

We hope you agree that for a tasty and nutritious 2 course meal, these prices are great value.

How to pay for school meals

ParentPay online payment system

At a growing number of schools, we use the ParentPay system, which enables parents to pay online for school meals. This provides parents/carers with a convenient, safe and verifiable way of paying for school meals, with your ParentPay account giving access to a detailed breakdown of account transactions and credits.

We also operate cashless systems at some school which means that cash is not accepted. All payments have to be made using one of two methods, depending on the type of system operating at the school:

  • Card System: Here each student and staff member receives their own unique card, which also has the student’s photograph put onto their own card. This card can then be used to check their balance, add money, and pay for food and drinks. 
  • Biometric System: On occasion students may misplace their cards, but the handy thing about this system is that it works using finger recognition.
    Students and staff have one of their fingers scanned and this is loaded onto the computer system that controls our food service payments. So it’s by using their finger that they access and credit their account, and make payments for food.

Loading money onto the account

To use either the cashless card or biometric systems the card or account needs to be credited with money. There are 2 ways in which this can be done:

  • Cash: Reval machines in schools will accept cash. Using either their card or their finger (depending on the system), students can load money onto their card / account by following simple on screen instructions on the Reval machine. 
  • Cheque: The advantage of paying for your child’s lunches by cheque is that the money can only be used to buy food and drink. Cheques, made payable to Bradford Council, can be brought to the dining area. The value of the cheque will be credited to the card or account with immediate effect. (Please note. When paying by cheque, the minimum is £15)

What if my child is getting Free School Meals?

For students who are entitled to Free School Meals, their daily allowance is automatically credited to their card / account each day. Students can top this up with additional money if they want to. What’s more, cards credited with Free School Meals look just the same as any other card.

Does my child’s school have a Cashless System?

The following is a list of cashless schools that are catered for by our catering service.

Primary Schools

Atlas Community Primary School
Bankfoot Primary School
Barkerend Academy
Beckfoot Heaton Primary School & Nursery
Blakehill Primary School
Bowling Park Primary School
Bowling Park Primary School - Lower Site
Byron Primary School
Carrwood Primary School
Cavendish Primary School
Crossley Hall Primary School
Dixons Manningham Primary
Eastwood Community School
Feversham Primary Academy
Frizinghall Primary School
Girlington Primary School
Green Lane Primary School
Grove House Primary School
High Crags Academy
Iqra Academy
Lapage Primary School & Nursery
Lidget Green Primary School
Lister Primary School
Low Ash Primary School
Margaret McMillan Primary School
Nessfield Primary School
Newby Primary
Newhall Park Community Primary School
Peel Park Primary School and Nursery
Princeville Primary School
Rainbow Primary School
St Anne's Catholic Primary School and Nursery
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School (Bradford)
St Matthew's C of E Primary School and Nursery
St Stephen's CE Primary School - Lower Site
St Stephen's CE Primary School - Upper Site
Swain House Primary School
Thornbury Academy
Thornton Primary School
Westminster C of E Primary Academy
Wibsey Primary School
Wilsden Primary School
Woodside Academy

Secondary Schools

Beckfoot School
Beckfoot Upper Heaton School
Dixons Allerton Academy
Dixons City Academy
St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College

SEN Schools

Hazelbeck School (SEN)

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