School Meals

CaterlinkChildren 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 Eating and Drinking Policy.   Fizzy drinks are not permitted.

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

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 Finance Office on 0161 232 5522.

WHGS offers a biometric cashless catering system, using finger scan identification to prevent fraudulent use*. The finger scan uses a pattern of 8 points and a complete fingerprint cannot be reconstructed from this data. The scan is encrypted in a unique format so that it is not compatible with any other system. The data is kept on a secure server which is not accessible from outside the school. All data will be used internally only and will not be available to any external agency. Data is used and recorded in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 (GDPR). In the future the same system may also be extended to other uses such as the control of library books and electronic registration.

We need your specific consent for your child(ren)’s biometric data to be used. You will be asked to complete the consent form when your child joins the school.

* Children in Nursery do not use the finger scan but have meals recorded manually. Printed statements are available from the Bursary on request. All other pupils, including those entitled to free school meals, will operate the system by using their finger.

Catering accounts must be in credit at all times.

If you wish to restrict the daily spend, please advise the Bursary.

 Standard meal (Main course with soup or dessert)   £2.30 
 Meal Deal (Sandwich +2 other items: soup/cake/selected drinks)   £2.30 
 Choice of Soup / Dessert / Piece of Fruit   £0.67 
 Main Course   £1.73 


Drinks: various cartons and bottled drinks available to purchase   (drinking water always available).


Food also available for purchase between 8.00am - 8.25am and during mid-morning break (Main School only).

If you have a child or children who you think are entitled to FSM please use the following link to make an online claim:

Your application will be checked by the National Eligibility Checking Systems (ECS) which will confirm whether or not your child(ren) will be eligible for FSM within 42 days.

When completing your application please enter an email address or mobile/telephone contact details so that any queries can be sent to you directly.

The FSM eligibility will start from the date you and the school are notified by the ECS. Until that then you will need to provide your child(ren) with a packed lunch or put funds on your child’s(ren’s) catering accounts.

FSM can only be used for purchase of food at lunchtimes – not drinks unless part of a meal deal.

If your child(ren) are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, you do not have to apply for FSM as your child(ren) is (are) entitled to UIFSM. However, if you register for FSM now, the school will get valuable extra funding to enable us to provide enhanced services such as extra tuition, additional pastoral support and subsidised extra-curricular activities.

If you have a child or children who you think are entitled to FSM please use the following link to make an online claim:

When completing your application please enter an email address or telephone contact details so that any queries can be sent to you directly.

Please note that children in the nursery class are unlikely to be entitled to FSM.

Magic Breakfast - Fuel for LearningEvery morning in the Secondary Phase, students are welcome to enjoy a bagel for breakfast, free of charge.  Many students take up the offer and enjoy the warm bagel, ensuring that they have the fuel necessary for learning!

Our bagels are provided through Magic Breakfast and are an excellent source of energy to start the day with. Eating breakfast is essential to being ready to learn so we encourage everyone to eat breakfast either at home or by taking advantage of our free breakfast bagels. 

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