School Meals

We provide wholesome, nutritionally balanced meals and encourage children to make healthier eating choices, which means eating more fruit, vegetables and carbohydrates and cutting down on foods high in fat and sugar. Lunches are prepared daily on site using fresh, locally sourced produce wherever possible. Pupils can choose from meat and vegetarian options as well as pasta pots, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salads.

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A few facts about our lunches

  • We have a varied menu and students have a daily choice.
  • There are at least 2 options of vegetables or salad with the main meal
  • All meals are freshly prepared in our school kitchen
  • We use locally sourced meat and vegetables wherever possible and all our supply lines have traceability certificates.
  • We continually research new suppliers.
  • Our meals follow government guidelines for nutrition including guidance on reducing salt and sugar.
  • We encourage students to try new things and eat a varied diet.
  • We take feedback from Student Council on suggestions for meals or improvements to the dining experience. 

Why have school lunches?

  • Research shows that a nutritious meal at lunchtime means that students can concentrate better in the afternoons.
  • We can help to ensure students have a healthy balanced diet with a variety of foods.
  • School lunches are part of our school’s social life - students enjoy sitting and eating together.
  • Eating school lunches means you avoid the high salt, sugar, additives and processed meat content of many packed lunch products.
  • Packed lunches can be repetitive and do not encourage students to eat a variety of foods. 
  • Our catering team offer a range of hot and cold foods at breakfast, break and lunch. Items are served from the main diner or from food pods situated around the school site. 


All order point are cashless, for information and guidance on this please see the 'Cashless Catering' section below.

We base all menus on a 4 week rolling cycle, with seasonal foods where possible. Menus are displayed in the canteens so students can decide what they would like. 

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Free School Meals (FSM)

If you are receiving the following benefits you may be entitled to Free School Meals for your child:
Income Support.
Job Seeker's Allowance (income based).
Child Tax Credit, and have an annual income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs).
Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.
Support payments under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Please visit the Local Authority's website for more details and to download the application form. If you would like help completing the form, contact school and we will be happy to help you.


Cashless Catering

ParentPay - Parents FAQ's

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What is ParentPay Online?

We use two separate companies to work in partnership with us, ‘ParentPay’ ( and ‘Nationwide Retail Systems’ ( ParentPay provides the online payment portal and Nationwide provide the till systems inside school.

ParentPay Online -  Online payments are to be made through our online payment partner ParentPay, activation letters will be sent out when your child starts with us or during July/August for new Year 7 students.

If you haven't registered your ParentPay account yet please do -  as all trips and school activities are to be paid for via ParentPay. If you need a copy of your activation letter please contact school preferably via email to

What is a biometric system?

A biometric system is a secure and efficient way of identifying students at the point of sale. The data we collect consists of a scan of a section your child’s thumb or finger.
This is not an actual fingerprint scan.
The scan takes a series of measurements (unique to your child’s print) which are then turned into a series of numbers and stored.
When your child places his/her thumb/finger on the scanner, the measurements are taken again and compared with the stored numerical record.
The system does not store the image of the finger scanned. The stored co-ordinates are only of use in matching part of your child’s scan and cannot be used for the purpose of reconstructing a thumb or finger print.

The biometric consent form can be found here 

I do not wish for my child’s fingerprints to be taken: how will you ensure this does not happen?
The system does not enable Calder High School to take a copy of a child’s fingerprint without the explicit permission of the parent/guardian. If you do not give this permission, we will issue your child with a 4 digit pin code. If you change your mind and want to give us permission to take you child's fingerprint, please contact school.

How does this system work for free school meal children?
The free school meal (FSM) allowance will be loaded onto your child’s account as a cash credit. They can then select and pay for food in the usual way.

If children spend more than the FSM allowance parents will need to add funds to their child's account to cover this.

The current FSM allocation is £2.41 per day.

How does this system work in the Diner?
Students come into the Diner and select the food and drink items they would like to purchase.

They take these to a till and either place their fingerprint on a scanner or present their swipe card. The value of the meal is then deducted from their account.

How is data relating to this system stored?
All data is stored under the guidelines of the Data Protection Act and only used by parties directly associated with Calder High School. Access to this information is controlled strictly by Calder High School only. When students leave, their records are deleted.

What do we do if a student has no money on their card?
We will ensure that children do not go without a meal. If a child’s account has reached zero and it has not been topped up, we will enable a meal to be purchased and inform parents.

How do I check my balance?
Balances can be checked online via your ParentPay account or by a student at any till.

How do I make a cash payment?

Cash payments can be made using local Paypoints. You will need to set up an account using your barcoded letter. If you do not have access to the internet or would like some assistance with this, please contact Calder High School and we will help.

You will need to take your bar-coded letter with you to make a payment. This is a free service for cash payments. In the local area Paypoints can be found in the following locations:

Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd
Morrison's Daily
Kershaw, Luddendenfoot
Market Street, Hebden Bridge
One Stop
Crown Street, Hebden Bridge
Carlton Street, Hebden Bridge
Todmorden News Centre
Bridge Street, Todmorden
One Stop Stores
Bridge Street, Todmorden
Springs Garage
Halifax Road, Todmorden
Abduls Newsagents
Halifax Road, Todmorden
Walsden Post Office
Rochdale Road, Todmorden
Johal Brothers
Towngate, Sowerby Bridge
Lifestyle Express
Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge
Dino's Newsagents
Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge
Albert Road, Sowerby Bridge
BP Hillcrest Service Station
Burnley Road, Sowerby Bridge

Further information can be obtained from:
PayPoint Customer Services
1 The Boulevard, Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1EL
Telephone: 08457 600 633