School Meals

School Meals

Bradford Council provide the meals at Beckfoot Upper Heaton and the catering team pride themselves on providing an excellent well-rounded menu whilst encapsulating food and cultures from around the world.

Our school is committed to healthy eating and provides food which not only tastes great, but is nutritionally balanced, providing your child the essentials for a healthy diet.

The students have the opportunity to feedback and contribute to designing menus as part of student leadership initiatives.

If your child has a dietary need please communicate this to school via email to the school office on

Food is available before school, at break times and lunchtime.

Cashless Catering System

Beckfoot Upper Heaton operates a cashless catering system. The system incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need for students to carry cash throughout the day. Payment is made via your child’s thumb print at the tills. As a result of current legislation the system will operate an ‘Opt in’ policy and therefore we require you to complete a Biometric Opt-in Form. If you choose not to have your child registered on the Biometric System, a 4-digit PIN Code will be allocated. Please note that PIN Codes do not have the same level of security and it will always be your child’s responsibility to remember the code and keep it secure.

Any amount of money can be paid into a student’s account and any money spent on food and drink will be deducted each day. There are two payment options available to you; online payments via ParentPay which is the preferred method, or if you cannot make online payments, cash can be used at the revaluation machines.

A daily ‘spend limit’ can be programmed into the system. This can be increased or decreased for an individual student by making a written request to Catering Team, at the school.

How do you qualify for Free School Meals?

 You can apply for free school meals if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190, provided they are not receiving Working Tax Credit
  • the ‘Guaranteed’ element of the State Pension Credit
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (you will need to apply directly to the school or call the Education Service on 01274 439393)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income threshold of less than £7,400

To apply for free school meals, you can do this online through Bradford Council: Apply Now or by telephone on 01274 432772.

Once you have applied for free school meals and you qualify, your child/ward will be automatically added to the school’s council list, please do this in good time, as we will not be able to provide a free school meal until your child/ward have been added to the school’s council list.

How would your child access the Free School Meal?

The Free School Meal allowance is downloaded automatically onto your child’s catering account and payment for food is made in exactly the same way as all other students. It is completely confidential; no-one can tell if a student is having a free school meal.

If you require any further information on free school meals, please do not hesitate to contact the school.