Catering Facilities


At St Damian's we have fantastic new catering facilities for both staff and pupils. Providing a first rate catering service is an important part of our school facilities, and we want to ensure our pupils have access to healthy food in a pleasant and friendly environment that enables a student to perform at their best.

Our Catering Team

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Our catering team provide an excellent service, with food prepared freshly each day, which always very well presented, encouraging the children to eat and try foods that perhaps they have not tried before.  As much as is possible is prepared freshly on-site and the fact that the majority of our children eat a school meal every day is testimony to that.

As a school we are keen to offer our children a healthy and varied diet and the Catering Team alongside the school ensure food is presented in an appetising way.  Often, and to the delight of the students, special events in school are reflected in the food served in the dining room.  A few examples are;

  • Our annual Christmas Dinner – they always go the extra mile and provide a lunch for our whole community – staff and pupils.

  • Preparing different foods from around the world so pupils experience different culinary tastes e.g. Chinese New Year, Diwali Celebrations.

  • Our Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party – each year St. Damian’s invite senior citizens from our community to our traditional Christmas party. This has always been a fantastic event and the catering team support the school by preparing the buffet.

  • Shrove Tuesday – Our ‘flippin’ marvellous catering team always make a special effort each year to help our Catholic community celebrate Pancake Day.  They make pancakes for our pupils.

As we all know food plays a very important part of everyone’s day and we really appreciate the catering team and all they do for everyone at St Damian’s.


Payment for School Meals

At St Damian’s we offer a cashless system for payment of school meals. The system enables us to deliver a more efficient, faster service whilst offering you two different methods of payment, online via Pay360 (formally SIMS Pay) or using a Pay360 PayPoint Card. 


You are able to add credit to your child’s account online via Pay360** (which can also be used for paying for other activities such as school trips).

The amount of money you ‘top up’ will be added your child’s lunch account and money spent on food will deducted from the system. Pupils can always check their balance by using the revaluation terminals. Pay360 is able to provide you with a report detailing each item of food served, each credit made to the system, for any time period and show a current balance. There is also a daily ‘spend limit’ programmed into the system of five pounds, this can be increased or decreased for an individual pupil by making a written request to school.  Please note that no cash can be accepted at the food counter 'Till Point'. - We are a 'Cash-less school!

Contactless Cards

Each pupil is issued with a personal 'Contactless' card which amongst other things is used primarily as a Dinner Money Card which they need to present at the till if they want to purchase any food or drink.

  • If your child loses or damages their card a new one will need to be ordered via the Pay360 online store; charged at £2.00 each.


**For further information on Pay360; Telephone reception: 0161 330 5974 or Click here


Free School Meals

For more details about free school meals Click here 


School Menu

At the present time the school menu is run on a 3 week rota with a choice of both hot meals and sandwiches.

  1. Week 1 Menu

  2. Week 2 Menu

  3. Week 3 Menu

Chefs special £2.40 *as of March 2022

Pupils chef special includes either:

•Choice of hot meal and a carton of juice (or small water)
•Choice of hot meal and a dessert

Click the image to the right to enlarge the current 'Meal deals' >>