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School Meals


Citywide is the council's catering service. They provide school meals to most of Salford's schools.

Eating well is important for children's health. A balanced lunch will help a child concentrate better during lessons.


Our fabulous award winning kitchen endeavour to use locally sourced produce where possible. We are proud to offer healthy choices for your children.

Citywide only use high quality ingredients. They carefully select suppliers and use British sourced products and free range eggs. We have homemade soup and freshly baked bread on a daily basis. We offer lots of fresh fruit and we steam all our vegetables. Our salad bar offers a wide choice daily and we always have 2 main courses to choose from which are freshly cooked along with baked jacket potatoes and homemade desserts.

We hold special theme days, where we try new foods from around the world and we also ask the children to come up with ideas of foods they would like to try. We pride ourselves on encouraging the children to eat their lunch and try different foods.


St Thomas of Canterbury School Cook: Maxine Higson



Payment Method for School Meals


The weekly charge for school meals is £10.00  Please pay using your username and password via  If you have forgotten your log in details, please contact the school office where we will be happy to re-set your password and issue you with an activation letter.


Changes in meal arrangements


Changes must be agreed with the school office and NOT the class teacher.


If you would like to change the meal arrangements for your child, e.g. change from school meal to packed lunch, you must make arrangements with the school office.  Changes can only take place at the start of a new term.  Notification MUST be made two weeks PRIOR to the current term ending, so we can update the Parentpay system and notify Citywide Catering Services.  Arrangements must then remain in place for the full term.


Please note: If an agreement is not made with the school office this will result in a charge be applied to your child's account to cover the cost of meals ordered.


Packed Lunches

At St Thomas of Canterbury we actively promote a healthy lifestyle and we closely monitor the children’s lunches and remind the children about what to have in their lunch boxes.


If your child would prefer a packed lunch, please ensure that you provide a healthy packed lunch each day e.g. Sandwich, Yoghurt/Cereal Bar, Fruit, Drink (non fizzy).  No sweets/toffees please.


We do have children in school with SEVERE NUT ALLERGIES and therefore ask that NO Nuts or anything containing Nuts are put into the children’s packed lunches.


Please do not send your child with pre-cooked food e.g. chicken burger/rice/hot dogs as we do not have a refrigerated area to keep the food stored which could result in build up of bacteria in the food.


Please keep packed lunches Healthy and Simple !!!


Are you entitled to claim Free School Meals?


Free meals are available to children of parents who are receiving certain state benefits and applications and renewals can be completed at the following venues: 


Salford Residents can ring 0161 793 2500 or visit:

Broughton Hub
50 Rigby Street
M7 4BQ



Manchester Residents can ring 0161 234 5003.


Universal Free School Meals


From September 2014 all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded school in England will be eligible for Free School Meals.



Healthy Packed Lunches Poster


Menu samples

Please see the PDF below which shows the weekly menus and what we have on offer each day. We have a vegetarian option daily and in addition to the ‘Sweet Treat’ options, we always have yoghurt and fresh fruit available.

Menu for 2017/2018

Food Allergies and Intolerances

A full list of all the ingredients used in the menus can be located in the school office.  If you would like to see it, please call in and we will be happy to show you and discuss and Allergy concerns.


Our 5* Hygiene Rating Achievement!


St. Thomas of Canterbury’s Kitchen was recently inspected by Salford Environmental Health and a report has now been return to school. We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a 5* rating.  The report states that conditions found during the inspection were very good and they have congratulated us on this achievement!! Well done to Maxine and all the kitchen staff who work very hard to make sure that we always have very high standards.

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