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St Mary's Catholic High School

School Meals

Our nutritious school meals help students flourish by giving them the right balance of nutrients and energy to enhance concentration during afternoon lessons, in assembly or on the sports field. It contributes to building lifelong healthy eating habits that will allow them to flourish as their minds and bodies grow. We believe school lunch is a fantastic way for students to share the experience of trying new foods. Knowing that your child is having a healthy, delicious meal every day is one less thing for you to worry about.

All the food on our menu is prepared and cooked in the school kitchen by our highly qualified and experienced catering team. We’re proud of our support for local suppliers – sourcing the best possible quality ingredients and produce from well-respected farmers and growers.

Free School Meals

 Your child might 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
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • 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.

If you would like to apply for Free School Meals, please use the 'Free School Meals Eligibility Tracker' CLICK HERE.

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals a Certificate of Eligibility can be printed and should be submitted to our school without delay. If a parent is unable to check their own eligibility please contact the school, as we can run a check on your behalf.


Although all of our food is prepared in a nut free kitchen, food is prepared where other allergens are present. Our menu descriptions do not include all ingredients, so if your child has a food allergy, they must inform the catering staff who can confirm if the food offered contains any of the following allergens: gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soya, milk, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seed, sulphur dioxide, lupin, molluscs.

Cashless Catering

We operate a cashless catering system whereby students have an account which parents/carers pay into via ParentPay. Items are priced individually and may be purchased as in any other cafeteria. Please read the details of our cashless system in your parent pack.

For more information on ParentPay CLICK HERE

Our Three Week Menu Cycle 

smch weeklymenu april october 2023.pdf

 or CLICK HERE to download a copy of the latest menus