School Meals

Food at Manchester Health Academy is provided by T(n)S Catering, 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 drinks. Students can relax in a safe environment, surrounded by friends, ensuring they start the day with the most important meal. Our Breakfast Club is kindly supported by local jam company Duerr’s.

Break time

Break time is from 11.00am until 11.15am:

MHA Mid Morning Break Menu Sept18


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.


Week commencing 21st January 2019:

MHA Menu Sept18 wk2



Try it at home!

Our chef at T(n)S, Paul, has kindly shared his recipe for Mild Thai Massaman Curry so you can try it at home if you like.

Mild Thai Massaman Curry

serves 4

Curry Paste

Dry ingredients:
1 Teaspoon Black Peppercorns
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
2 Teaspoon Coriander Seed
2 Teaspoon Cloves
2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Teaspoon Cardamom
1 Teaspoon Salt
Roast all above in oven for about 10 minutes. Grind in Pestle and mortar once cooled

Fresh ingredients:
8 Large red chilli’s (seeds removed)
4 Inch piece Ginger, peeled
4 Sticks Lemon Grass
3 Tablespoons Garlic
2 Large white onion
1 bunch fresh coriander (including stalks)
200ml vegetable oil

Put everything in a food processor and blend to a smooth paste.

1kg sliced Chicken Breasts or 50/50 Chicken Meat
1x400g tin Light Coconut Milk
1/2-1pt of Chicken Stock
1kg New Potatoes
1 Bunch Coriander

For the Curry:
Fry 3 tablespoons of paste per KG chicken for about a minute in a large saucepan.
Add thinly sliced chicken breasts or 50/50 chicken meat.
Add coconut milk and chicken stock to cover the chicken and a bit more.
Par boil halved new potatoes (1KG per KG of chicken) in their skins until 75% cooked – add to curry.
Simmer until chicken cooked through
Add tamarind paste if using (1 teaspoon per KG approx.)
Add a dash of fish sauce and sugar to taste and garnish with chopped coriander

Serve with rice and chargrilled red peppers and pak choi

Packed Lunches

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).

Special Dietary Requirements

If your child has a special dietary requirement that may be due to a food allergy, intolerance or metabolic imbalance, T(n)S Catering, can cater for such special diets. With appropriate notice, they will work with the school catering team to ensure that a suitable menu choice is available each day.

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.

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)

About T(n)S Catering Management

Group on launch day

T(n)S say “At T(n)S our objective is to work in close partnership with our schools to create a first class dining service for pupils, staff and visitors.  We provide fresh, healthy nutritious meals which meet government guidelines and offer innovation and creativity to ensure an educational and enjoyable meal experience is achieved. We are not satisfied with just delivering the norm, we seek to come up with dishes and concepts that will not only satisfy those hunger pains, but also provide our clients and customers with innovative, inspirational food options. We work on the basis that food should be enjoyed by all, exceeding expectations, serving a variety of authentic dishes which take on influences from around the world, as well as current trends, and possibly starting them!”