School Meals

We believe in the importance of healthy, nutritious food to support our learners to achieve their best.

We are proud to work in partnership with Caterlink to provide catering services to our students and staff.  They were selected in 2016 following a full tender process involving staff, students and governors. 

Caterlink’s menus are nutritionally balanced, full of local flavours and tailored to suit our school.  They not only meet, but exceed government guidelines.

Caterlink are committed to using sourcing ingredients with assured provenance from local and regional suppliers. They use produce with high standards of animal welfare – for example, RSPCA Freedom Food Free Range Eggs, Marine Stewardship Approved (MSC) fish and fair trade bananas.  All meals are freshly prepared on site and all meat meals are made with Red Tractor/Farm Assured fresh meat and all suppliers are audited by an external body to ensure they comply with both Caterlink’s and statutory obligations.

More information on Caterlink can be found here:  www.caterlink.co.uk and their healthy eating statement can also be found at the bottom of this page.

A full parent's guide to catering facilities at Chorlton High School is available to download below, however key points are summarised below and on subsequent pages.  We have also attached a sample menu and tariff; latest menu's are available on display within the canteen area.

If parents have any feedback or questions regarding our catering provision please do get in touch with the school, we understand the importance of this service and always welcome both parent and student feedback. 

Dietary restrictions and allergies

We appreciate that a number of our students have specific dietary restrictions and allergies and we already manage a large number of these across the school.  Key points to note are as follows:

  • Gluten free and vegetarian options are highlighted on our published menu’s. 
  • Vegan options are available – students should ask staff for information and options
  • No nuts are used at all within the kitchen. 
  • Halal and non-halal options are always available on all meat products and students should request their preference when ordering.
  • Any known allergies communicated to the school by parents are recorded onto the student’s cashless catering account and alerts are given to staff when a student’s record is accessed.  Catering staff receive a briefing before each service of allergens within the day’s menu.
  • Caterlink’s allergen policy is available to download from our website.

Our catering manager is always happy to discuss any particular dietary requirements with parents and/or students. 

Low on funds?  Eat well for less

We appreciate that for a number of our students, whether they are on free school meals or not, having sufficient funds to buy food throughout the day can be challenging.  We have a number of initiatives to help students to eat well for less money.

Taking advantage of our free breakfast provision, free porridge at break and free fruit throughout service is a great way to make any money that your child has to spend go further.

In addition, at lunchtime our ‘meal deals’ represent the best value for money.  These are priced at £2.40 and include the main item (main meal, pizza, jacket potato etc) plus a choice to drink of either a Calypso cup drink or a bottle of water, plus a choice of a mini cake, homemade cookie, mini hot pudding and custard or small dessert pot.  The main hot meal counter deal represents the best value and by having this each day your child will have the best balanced and varied diet throughout the week.

In addition, we offer a slim tuna or egg mayo sandwich each day for 50p, plus a soup and slim sandwich deal for £1.

Drinks Policy

We want to ensure that our students have sufficient funds to buy a balanced food and drink intake each day.  We therefore set a limit that students can only buy 1 drink per day unless they also purchase a savoury food item.  This ensures that they are not spending all their funds on drinks but achieving a balanced intake with energy boosting foods as part of their daily diet.

Want to know what your child is buying each day?

Through the School Gateway service (app or website) you can see daily what your child has purchased through their cashless account.    If you have any concerns or queries about what they are purchasing, please speak to your child’s head of year in the first instance.  Note this is available whether your child is on free school meals or paid meals.

Cashless catering

Students do not pay for their meal by cash in the canteen.  Instead, money is placed onto their account and the students then access their account at the tills in the canteen via either their finger scan or a card.

Further information on how money can be put onto the electronic account can be found here.

What about students entitled to a ‘free school meal’?

The system works exactly the same for all students whether they pay or have a free school meal.

All students have their own account to use in exactly the same way via either finger scan or a card in the canteen.

The amount allocated for the free school meal will be entered automatically into the system daily and will be accessible to spend in the dining room.  However, any under spend or missed dinner will be identified by the system and will not be added to the next day’s balance.

Students can also add extra cash on to their balance in the system by using the revaluation station, to enable a greater daily spend on the school dinner than allocated by their free meal allowance.

If you are not sure whether you are entitled to free school meals please visit our Free School Meal page for more information.

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