School Meals

Food at Manchester Health Academy is provided by catering organisation Manchester Fayre, except for Breakfast Club which is managed by Academy staff.


The Academy has a FREE Breakfast Club which is open daily from 7.30am until 8.15am. Students are provided with a breakfast choice of cereals, toast and juice. Students can relax in a safe environment, surrounded by friends, ensuring they start the day with the most important meal.

Break time

Break time is from 11.00am until 11.15am and our dining room offers toast, bagels, fruit etc.


The academy has split lunch sittings with years 7 & 8 dining at 12.15pm until 12.45pm and years 9, 10 & 11 dining at 1.15pm until 1.45pm.

At lunch time, we offer a variety of meals which change on a weekly basis to incorporate variety and balance. Choices include hot meals, salads, jacket potatoes and a selection of sandwiches. Hot meals such as pasta and curry are regularly accompanied with healthy juice drinks, smoothies and milkshakes.  Current menu

If you and your child prefer you can send a packed lunch – this website provides lots of ideas for making your child’s lunch a healthy one.

Cashless Catering and Paying for School Meals

Students do not pay for their meals by cash. The Academy has biometric scanning machines situated in the dining room. Student pay money into the machines to credit their accounts and then access their account at the tills via either their finger scan or a scanned card.

The system works exactly the same for all students whether they pay or have a free school meal. Free school meal student accounts are automatically updated with their allowance each morning.

The system is safe. No image of the fingerprint is stored only a series of digits which the computer recognises as the child’s fingerprint although we are happy for students to receive a lunch card instead of using their fingerprint if parents require this.


We accept payments online for items such as dinner money, school trips and uniform.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you can pay online using your credit or debit card.  ParentPay is our preferred method of making payments to school.

Cash Payments

Cash payments can be made into the automatic cash revaluation terminals in the Academy. The machines accept all notes and coins greater than 5p.

The student simply places his/her finger on the scanner and inserts the amount they wish to place onto the account. The amount is then updated onto the system. As standard a £4.00 daily spend limit is in place but this can be reviewed by parents/carers. All purchases are recorded and reports can be printed for students if parents require this information.

(We are unable to offer change of notes. Please ensure your child attends school with the correct money for the machine).

Cheque Payments

Cheques made payable to “Manchester Fayre” can be handed to the Canteen Manager who will then update the students account.

Parents should write the full name and form of the pupil on the back of the cheque. If the payment is to be shared between two pupils, both students should be identified in full with name and form.

Special Dietary Requirements

If your child has a special dietary requirement that may be due to a food allergy, intolerance or metabolic imbalance, Manchester Fayre, our school meal provider, can cater for such special diets. With appropriate notice, their Nutritionist will work with the school catering team to ensure that a suitable menu choice is available each day.

The policy that Manchester Fayre operates asks for supporting written confirmation of the dietary request; this may be from a GP, Allergy Nurse, Paediatrician or Dietitian. This ensures that Manchester Fayre has the full and accurate information about the dietary request, and therefore avoiding the unnecessary exclusion of foods from a child’s diet. Manchester Fayre feel it is imperative that the policy is enforced since the foods that a child eats can have implications on their health both now and in later life.

If your child has a special dietary requirement, in the first instance please notify the school, and ensure your request is supported with written confirmation from the relevant medical professional. Without the supporting written confirmation, Manchester Fayre cannot guarantee that your child’s dietary requirements can be catered for.

This official statement from Manchester Fayre can be viewed here: Manchester Fayre Medical Diet Policy 2015

Catering Information

Our kitchen has a Food Hygiene rating of 5 (the highest possible)

Food Hygiene 200 x 120

School Food Standards Guidance (1) (1)

Manchester Fayre Annual Review 2014 – 2015

Manchester Fayre provide the Catering at Manchester Health Academy.   Below is their Annual Review for 2014 – 2015, which provides some information about the service they delivered in 2014 – 2015 and the work that their centrally based management and nutrition team have done to support the catering team based at the Academy.  The Review focuses on a number of themes including health and nutrition, service delivery, skills and employment along with our priorities for the future.

Manchester Fayre Annual Review 2014 – 2015