Dinners / Free School Dinners

Our school promotes Healthy Eating!

School Dinners are £2.00 per day - £10.00 per week and payment is to be sent into school on a Monday morning in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child's name and class. All children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are entitled to a free school meal under the 'Universal Infant Free School Meal' Government initiative.

All cheques need to be made payable to Citywide

Packed lunches need to be healthy

If you wish your child to change meal arrangements you will need to put this in writing and we request 2 weeks notice for any meal changes.  Please complete the link below to change meal plan.  We will send a text to you confirming any meal pattern changes and the start date.


LINK BELOW FOR FORM TO CHANGE MEAL PATTERN - Change of dinner/packed lunch form


You can also pay your childs school dinners by Parentpay https://www.parentpay.com/ if you need log in details please contact Mrs Brierley

New Menu at the bottom of this page

Allergen Legislation - Food Allergies and Intolerances: If you require information about the ingredients in the school meals, please speak to the Cook Supervisor or alternatively ring Citywide Services on 0161 925 1122.

Free School - Mrs Brierley can apply for this at the school office, please contact her to make an appointment 0161 921 1695

Parents or guardians do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • An income - related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced 27 October 2008)
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Children who receive Income Support or Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals
  • 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.

However, as soon as customers stop claiming any of the above qualifying benefits, their entitlement to claim free school meals also ends.

Details on how to apply can be found further on in this document, and it may be possible to confirm entitlement automatically. If not, the following proof is required from the applicant to confirm their entitlement:

  • Letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Housing and/or Council Tax Benefit entitlement letter issued by Salford City Councils Benefits department
  • NASS/IND identification card
  • NASS/IND letter#

The qualifying criteria are also available on our website; http://www.salford.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/free-school-meals/ or on the Directgov website.

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“Together as God’s children we will, love, learn, grow, inspire, Let your light shine”.


  • To work together with families as the first educators of their children.
  • To create a happy Roman Catholic atmosphere in which everyone can develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, morally and physically.
  • To provide a safe, caring, stimulating environment in which everyone is encouraged to develop his or her full potential.
  • To promote self-discipline in an atmosphere which fosters respect, tolerance and acceptance of all people.
  • This school is committed to encouraging the children to develop into responsible members of the school community in preparation for their role as adult members of society. In helping us to achieve this goal we anticipate the co-operation of all our parents.
  • To support all members of the community in their faith journey.

St Joseph The Worker RC Primary School, Cutnook Ln, Irlam, Manchester M44 6GX