National Voucher Scheme for Parents
Over the past few weeks, we have been sending and delivering free school meal vouchers to all our parents who are eligible. These vouchers have been provided by Salford City Council to be used at Aldi and the system has served us well.
We are now using the National voucher system provided by the Government. This means that you will be responsible for retrieving your vouchers yourself online. The link you will need is
Please see below the National Voucher Scheme Instruction Booklet.
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 £10.50 Please pay using your username and password via www.parentpay.com. 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.
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?
How to Apply for Free School Meals
For parents and carers interested in applying for free school meals, this process can now be completed online by clicking this link https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims/.
Applying online confirms the eligibility or otherwise instantly, so there is no need to wait for replies to paper forms sent to the council offices.
Free meals are available to children of parents who are receiving certain state benefits. If you are unsure if you qualify, please complete the form via the link and you will be notified instantly. An email is also sent to the school to confirm if you are eligible.
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.
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.
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.