Dining Area

School Meals

About our school meals

  • Fresh fruit, salad and vegetables are available every day
  • All meals are prepared daily in our kitchens using fresh ingredients
  • Our menus are screened by a Nutritionist to ensure that they meet nutritional standards
  • A selection of fruit juice and bottled water is available every day
    We run exciting promotions and competitions

In February 2013, our Student Council met with the caterers for a tasting session to offer ideas to be put towards the development of school dinners. The school meals provide pupils with:

  • Energy - to help them cope with the demands of the school day
  • Essential nutrients and 'fuel for the mind' to improve their concentration                                                                     

Here's a taste of some of the foods available on our menus:

  • Freshly made sandwiches with baguettes and speciality breads
  • Pasta, stir-fry and curry dishes
  • Jacket potatoes with various fillings
  • Wide range of traditional main meals
  • Selection of homemade desserts
  • Fruit boxes

You can find out more about school meals as well as information about diet and fitness, recipes and competitions at the 'You go 4 it' website.

Our Cashless School Meals System

When they start school, each of our pupils has their fingerprint registered. When they want to buy food in our dining hall, pupils simply place their finger on a scanner at the point of sale; a display shows the server the pupil's name, class and current cash balance held within the system. Fingerprints are used to recognise each individual pupil, hold cash balances, record cash spent and cash received, record where money is spent, on what food, on what date and at what time of day.

In January 2013, we launched a secure payment service called Parent Pay. This innovation allows parents to pay for school meals online.

Add money to your ParentPay account

Find out more about how the cashless system works

Requesting ParentPay login details

If you have misplaced your unique Parent Pay Account activation details, these can be requested by contacting the school - admin@thebarlowrchigh.co.uk

Find out how parents add money to the system and the benefits of 'Fingerprint Food'

Healthy School

In December 2012, The Barlow received its certificate of membership to the Manchester Healthy Schools Programme 2011-2013. As a member of the new programme, the school has successfully completed the School Health Check and is working towards Manchester City's Public Health Priorities through their identified action plan. The Healthy Schools initiative supports schools in becoming healthy learning communities. Read more

As part of our Healthy Schools drive we are clamping down on the number of unsuitable food products brought into school. It is not acceptable for students to bring in more than one of each of the following items in to school: chocolate bar, packet of crisps, packet of sweets. Students found to have an excess of the limit will have the goods confiscated. Those with a significant number of inappropriate items in their possession may be deemed to have them for the purpose of selling and will be sanctioned in accordance with the school behaviour policy.

Healthy School Policy - Energy Drinks

As of Monday 4th November 2013, the consumption of energy drinks (Lucozade, Red Bull, Powerade etc.) on school premises are banned, a measure which is in-line with the majority of schools nationally.  A variety of studies have been published recently which highlight the fact that the stimulants (e.g. caffeine and high levels of sugar) that are contained within energy drinks can cause loss of concentration, anxiety and irritability amongst students.  

Furthermore, as our school has 'Healthy Schools Award' status, the Governors and staff believe that allowing energy drinks is contradictory to the aims and objectives of our policy.  We are extremely conscious that some of our students have become part of a culture where energy drinks are consumed as part of their everyday diet.  To combat this issue, we ask that students only consume the following healthy drink options in school: water, flavoured water, fruit juice or milk.  Please note that water is freely available to all students at break and lunchtimes.  Fizzy drinks are also prohibited in school.

Any student found in possession of energy drinks will face sanctions in-line with the School's Behaviour Policy.  Governors and Staff appreciate the support of parents/carers in enforcing this ban for the good of our children. 

Free School Meals

The Benefits Service ensures that state schools provide free school meals for families who have qualifying incomes and live in
Manchester. If you live outside Manchester and your child goes to The Barlow, you should contact your local council. You can claim free school meals for a child who lives with you and who you are responsible for (for example, you receive Child Benefit for them) as long as you get one of these qualifying incomes:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) - as long as you are not getting an amount for childcare paid with your CTC or receiving Working Tax Credit. HM Revenue & Customs must also have worked out your household income as £16,190 a year or less. This
    income limit will be used until April 2013 but may go up in future years
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' payment for four weeks after stopping work or reducing working hours to under 16 hours a week
  • You can also claim if you are an asylum seeker

For further information please contact The Benefits Service, PO Box 3, Manchester, M15 5BA. You can ring 0161 953 8301 or email benefit.enquiries@manchester.gov.uk

Download the Free School Meals Leaflet