St James’s runs its own in-house catering service offering a wide choice of healthy, nutritious hot and cold meals for pupils, staff and visitors.
The canteen is not just available at lunch time; it is also open at breakfast from 8am and during break when pupils can buy bacon sandwiches, cereal, toast, sandwiches, drinks and other snack items.
Some pupils may wish bring a packed lunch to school and this can be eaten in the canteen.
We also offer regular themed lunches.
At St James's we offer a range of Halal foods which are identified daily. Although the products are specified as Halal, it is important to note that we do not have separate storage, work areas or catering assistant’s for Halal only. However we make every effort to keep the daily preparation separate from non Halal foodstuffs - please click here to view our Halal Certificates.
For Your Information
Following information in the national news regarding meat products, we wish to confirm that St James’s does not buy in processed foods. Fresh meat is purchased only from reputable suppliers who have provided written assurances that they do not use any of the products that have been identified as at risk, and that they are at all times following initial FSA Guidelines on sampling and testing of beef products and raw materials.
At St James’s we operate a cashless catering system. Your child will have their own lunch account which can be topped up by cash at the cash machine located in the dining hall, by cheque at the Finance Office or, our preferred method, online at your own convenience.
Further details about cashless catering can be found here.
Free School Meals
The free school meal allowance is currently £2.40 per day. This can only be used during the lunch break.
Parents in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive 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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
From 6 April 2012, Working Tax Credit rules for couples have changed and because of the increase in the number of hours a couple has to work in order to qualify, some families may have lost their entitlement to Working Tax Credit. Those families may be entitled to free school meals if they now satisfy any of the above criteria.
You can apply by contacting your local authority:
- Bolton Council 01204 331590 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Salford Council 0161 909 6508