School Meals

School Diner: Fuelling Minds and bodies

Welcome to Our School Diner!

At our school, we believe that a well-nourished body leads to a well-focused mind. Our dedicated school diner provides nutritious and tasty meals to keep our students energized and ready for learning. Whether its breakfast, break, or lunchtime, we’ve got you covered!


What’s on the Menu?

Breakfast: Rise and Shine!

Start your day right with a wholesome breakfast. Our morning menu includes:

Fresh Fruits and Yogurt: An array of seasonal fruits and creamy yogurt.
Danish pastries: Baked fresh on site every morning
Toast, crumpets and teacakes: Choose from a variety of baked goods
Milk and Juice: Stay hydrated with a glass of milk or a refreshing fruit juice.


Break Time: Recharge and Refuel!

When the mid-morning hunger strikes, head to our diner for a quick pick-me-up. Our break menu features:

Hot sandwiches: Grab-and-go options such as bacon rolls and fish finger sandwiches
Bagels, crumpets and teacakes: Choose from a variety of baked goods
Homemade Paninis: Choose from a variety of paninis made fresh on site every morning
Sandwiches: Fresh sandwiches made from a local supplier in the community


Lunch: A Feast for Champions!

Lunchtime is when our students come together to enjoy a hearty meal. Our lunch menu includes:

Hot Meals: Rotating daily specials such as pasta, stir-fries, and roast dinners.
Grab and go: A choice of foods designed to be eaten on the go, ideal for students who want to eat elsewhere
Vegetarian Options: Nutritious veggie dishes for our plant-powered students.
Pasta Bar: A fresh pasta pot made in front you, fresh everyday with a choice of sauces and cheese
Desserts: Treat yourself to a sweet ending with fruit salads, homemade desserts and baked goods.


Special Dietary Needs

We understand that every student is unique. If your child has specific dietary requirements or allergies, please let us know. Our friendly diner staff will accommodate their needs and ensure they have a satisfying meal.


How to Access the Menu

Our menus follow a 3-week rolling cycle, incorporating seasonal foods whenever feasible. You’ll find these menus displayed in the canteens alongside the student informer and school website allowing students to make informed choices about their meals.

To view the school menus, Please choose below;

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3


A few facts about our lunches


Varied Menu and Daily Choices:

• Our school diner offers a diverse menu, allowing students to make daily choices based on their preferences.

• Whether it’s a hearty main course or a lighter option, there’s something for everyone.

Vegetables and Salad Options:

• We prioritize nutrition by ensuring that every main meal comes with at least two vegetable or salad options.
• Fresh greens and colourful veggies are essential components of our balanced meals.

Freshly Prepared in Our Kitchen:

• Our dedicated kitchen staff prepares all meals freshly on-site.
• From chopping vegetables to seasoning dishes, quality and taste are our top priorities.

Locally Sourced Ingredients:

• Whenever possible, we source our meat and vegetables locally.
• Our supply lines come with traceability certificates, ensuring transparency and accountability.

Continuous Supplier Research:

• We stay up-to-date by researching and evaluating new suppliers.
• Quality, sustainability, and ethical practices guide our choices.

Nutrition Aligned with Government Guidelines:

• Our meals adhere to government guidelines for nutrition.
• We focus on reducing salt and sugar while providing wholesome options.

Encouraging Exploration:

• We encourage students to try new foods and expand their culinary horizons.
• Variety is the spice of life, and our menu reflects that!

Student Council Feedback:

• We value input from our Student Council.
• Their suggestions help us improve meals and enhance the overall dining experience.


All ordering points operate on a cashless system. For detailed information and guidance, please refer to the ‘Cashless Catering’ section below.

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 His 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

For ParentPay's FAQ's please click here

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 £2.53 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