Minerva Learning Trust

School Meals

School Meals are served on a three-week cycle, sample menus are attached below.


Normally at High Storrs we operate a 'Cashless Catering' system whereby students top up their accounts via revaluation machines in and around the canteen and then pay for their meals by using a fingerprint recognition or a PIN.

However due to Covid 19 restricitions we will not be able to accept cash on site after the first week of term.


We have a more convenient, way to pay for your child's school meals; ParentPay. Parents have a secure online account at www.parentpay.com that you will need to set up using details sent to you by the school. From here you are able to add credit to your child's account electronically. 

Should you require a new letter with your log in details please contact Dawn Rose.

Should you need any assistance in paying for school meals by this method please contact our Catering Service, Taylor Shaw, by telephone on 0114 2685567.


Sheffield City Council Information about Free school meals

If you have a child attending a Sheffield school or maintained nursery and receive these benefits, you may be entitled to free school meals:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods) 
  • Income Support 
  • income based Jobseeker’s Allowance 
  • income related Employment 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 have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and do not get Working Tax Credit 
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit) 

If you are over 18 and still attend school, your free school meals will continue. If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact us.

In addition, the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows:

  • from 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. 
  • in addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.  
  • once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary). 

Applying for free school meals

You can apply by:

  • filling out an application form which can be found online
  • asking the school to apply on your behalf 
  • contacting Sheffield City Council on 0114 273 4567 

Please make sure you have your National Insurance Number, names and date of births of your children.

Claiming free school meals for parents

Parents of infants who receive the above qualifying benefits

You can apply for free school meals if you think you might be entitled, because your school gets up to £1,320 additional funding (Pupil Premium) to support your child's education and can help to buy new equipment and resources. This money is only paid if you apply for free school meals and are confirmed to be entitled.

Next steps after you've applied

If your claim is successful, the school will be notified that your child can have free school meals. Schools will ensure that this information is treated with the strictest confidence and handled sensitively.

Change of circumstances

Contact Sheffield City Council if your circumstances change. For example, if you no longer receive benefits, move house or change school, as this may affect your right to claim.

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