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Students can either bring a packed lunch or have a school meal.

We encourage all meals to be healthy and nutritious.



Packed lunches must not contain:

  • Nuts and nut products

We can’t guarantee that a student will never come into contact with these ingredients, but we’ll take all reasonable steps to do so.

School Meals

We have great facilities in school for students to have hot meals each day at lunchtime. Please be aware that these meals must be paid for in advance and we can’t allow students to have meals that haven’t been paid for.

Cooked on campus

  • Halal
  • Vegetarian
  • Hot food
  • Sandwiches
  • Salads

We work hard with our caterers to cater for all special diets too.

Lunchtimes are staggered between 12:00 and 1:00pm.


You can see an example of our menu below.


Where to eat

We currently have four areas available for students to eat their lunch. Those who need support, or who need a particularly quiet area, dine in our ‘Piazza’ where there are experienced staff who feed and support students through lunch. We also have the ‘Bridge’, where students use self-service lunch facilities (with support) to eat lunch with their friends and classmates. An increasing number of students use the ‘Atrium’ area, which is the main eating area for the school. This is self-service and is supervised by staff.

In the Southfield Sixth Form there is a dining hall for students supplied by the campus kitchen.


Meals currently cost £2.70 per day (March 2024). 

How to pay

We are a cashless school and parents and carers can pay for school dinners, using our quick and simple online system, Parent Pay.

Parent Pay enables you to add money to your child’s account either one-off or using a recurring payment option. With it, you can pay for trips and events online too.

Setting up an account is easy – just contact our admin team.

Packed lunches

If you would prefer for your child to bring a packed lunch, we do ask that no fizzy pop, crisps or chocolate are included as we follow the Healthy Schools Initiative.

Free School Meals

If you’re eligible your child can have a free, nutritious and healthy meal every day at school. If you are not on Free School Meals but would like to see if you may be eligible, please apply directly via the council.

It also helps us as we get extra funding called Pupil Premium, so please still apply, even if your child will have a packed lunch. We spend this on resources, activities and much more to help our students succeed.

You can apply for this online:

Bradford Council Free School Meals

If you’re moving from a primary school and you already get Free School Meals, you’ll need to let the Council know so that they can transfer your entitlement to Co-op Academy Southfield.