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Catering, Healthy Eating & Free School Meals information

Children and young people need the right balance of food and nutrients to grow and develop.  A healthy nutritious lunch gives students the energy to concentrate in class and cope with the demands of the day.  Our canteen serves a hot meal every day, with plenty of healthy choices available.  There is always a vegetarian option, a halal option and a variety of salads on offer.  School meals also provide students with the opportunity to develop social skills while they enjoy eating with other students.    Our school meals offer excellent value for money. 

The school uses a biometric cashless catering system and students access their allocated accounts by using finger scan identification. 

Catering accounts must be in credit at all times in order to purchase food and/or drinks in the dining hall, as cash payments are not accepted. 

Students are permitted to bring their own packed lunch to school which must be eaten in the dining hall. Packed lunches should follow our Healthy Packed Lunch Policy.   Fizzy drinks are not permitted.

Details of our current menus will be available shortly.

Our caterers reserve the right to change the menus at short notice owing to unforeseen circumstances.

Healthy Eating and Drinking Policy for Students

William Hulme's Grammar School is proud to have achieved National Healthy Schools status.  This means that all pupils from 3 to 18 are encouraged to ensure that they have a healthy lifestyle.  This covers the four areas of Personal, Social and Health Education, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Emotional Health and Well-being.  Various activities take place to promote a healthy lifestyle, some during curriculum time and others as organised one-off visits or focus days.  The school has a Healthy Eating Policy and all food is served in the dining room meets the national standards.  Items such as fizzy drinks are not allowed in school.

If you have any catering queries, please call the Bursary on 0161 232 5522

FREE SCHOOL MEALS   - The allowance is for provision of food at lunchtime only.   Drinks (unless part of a meal deal) must be purchased separately.

You are entitled to claim if your household income is less than £16,190 per annum and you are in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's allowance
  • The guaranteed part of Pension Credit
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) but NOT if you receive Working Tax Credit or an amount for childcare paid with your CTC.  
  • Universal benefit

Further information is available from:

Manchester City Council's website:

Manchester Education Grants Application Form

Trafford Council:

Salford Council: