Our school promotes Healthy Eating!

School Dinners are £2.25 per day (£2.10 per day for Nursery children). All children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are entitled to a free school meal under the 'Universal Infant Free School Meal' Government initiative.

Dolce are the school's catering company.  All payments are to be made to Dolce online.

You can view the latest menus using this link:

Packed lunches need to be healthy

Free School - Mrs Brierley can apply for this at the school office, please contact her to make an appointment 0161 921 1695

Parents or guardians do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • An income - related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced 27 October 2008)
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Children who receive Income Support or Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals
  • Child Tax Credit provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.
  • Working Tax Credit “Run On” - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

From 6 April 2012, Working Tax Credit rules for couples have changed and because of the increase in the number of hours a couple has to work in order to qualify, some families may have lost their entitlement to Working Tax Credit. Those families may be entitled to free school meals if they now satisfy any of the above criteria.

However, as soon as customers stop claiming any of the above qualifying benefits, their entitlement to claim free school meals also ends.

Details on how to apply can be found further on in this document, and it may be possible to confirm entitlement automatically. If not, the following proof is required from the applicant to confirm their entitlement:

  • Letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Housing and/or Council Tax Benefit entitlement letter issued by Salford City Councils Benefits department
  • NASS/IND identification card
  • NASS/IND letter#

The qualifying criteria are also available on our website; or on the Directgov website.

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“Together as God’s children we will, love, learn, grow, inspire, Let your light shine”.


  • To work together with families as the first educators of their children.
  • To create a happy Roman Catholic atmosphere in which everyone can develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, morally and physically.
  • To provide a safe, caring, stimulating environment in which everyone is encouraged to develop his or her full potential.
  • To promote self-discipline in an atmosphere which fosters respect, tolerance and acceptance of all people.
  • This school is committed to encouraging the children to develop into responsible members of the school community in preparation for their role as adult members of society. In helping us to achieve this goal we anticipate the co-operation of all our parents.
  • To support all members of the community in their faith journey.

St Joseph The Worker RC Primary School, Cutnook Ln, Irlam, Manchester M44 6GX