Lunches and Payments

Lunches and Payments

Here at Co-op Academy Manchester, we pride ourselves in serving the best meals possible to our students, offering them the best value for money around.

How to pay

When buying their lunches, students use their fingerprints or ID numbers to manage their accounts. This means they don’t need to carry money around with them.

If your child is registered for free school meals their account will automatically topped up.

Parents and carers are asked to use Parent Pay to top up their child’s lunch account. Parent Pay also lets you monitor what your child is spending their money on. As well as the website, there is an option to top up at local Pay Point shops.


Our offer

Every day we offer:

  • a selection of hot meals. The menu changes each day
  • a selection of fresh sandwiches and salads
  • marinated halal chicken wraps
  • pasta with a selection of hot sauces
  • fresh fruit
  • a wide range of healthy drinks

All our meals are nutritionally analysed and we display the calorie content of each meal on our menus, to help our students make informed choices about healthy eating.

Halal meals are cooked separately to avoid contamination and are clearly labelled on the menu.

A vegetarian main meal and a vegetarian pasta choice are available every day, as well as a selection of vegetarian sandwiches.

Meal times

Breakfast is available to students before the start of their school day, for any students who wish to join us. Students will then have a 15 minute break time (where they can purchase drinks and snacks) and a 30 minute lunch time. We have three sittings, so not all students are on lunch at the same time.

Allergen information

Below we present a detailed guide to our food offer.

While every effort will be made to stick to the ingredients listed in the menus, when items are unavailable they may be substituted for another, similar ingredient.  When this happens it will be displayed on the menu, so students are asked to check the menus published inside the dining room everyday if you have any allergies.

Any questions?

To get started with Parent Pay, contact reception to request your activation code (016 795 3005 or

Our Catering Manager, Ms A Stannard, is always happy to speak to you about our meals. You can contact her via academy reception 0161 795 3005 or

Free School Meals

Check if you are eligible for free school meals
(and register for them if you are)


Which pupils qualify for free school meals?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit


What are the benefits of claiming free school meals?

School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and they can also save you time and money.

Claiming free school meals also helps the school. We get extra funding, known as the ‘pupil premium’, for every eligible pupil who is registered.