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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
  • Strawberries and strawberry 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

  • Cooked on campus
  • Halal
  • Vegetarian
  • Hot food
  • Sandwiches
  • Salads

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

lunch at southfield school in bradford

Lunchtimes are arranged to enable students to eat and participate in activity clubs during their break if they wish to. Clubs are chosen by the students and include: disco, karaoke, quiet club and sports clubs.

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.

Some of the students who attend the Pathfinder Vocational Centre prefer to stay at the centre for lunch, where there is a dining hall for students supplied by the campus kitchen.

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.


Free School Meals

If you are entitled to free school dinners, you first need to apply for this. You can apply online:

Bradford Council – Free School Meals

Please apply. It will ensure we receive additional money to be able to provide extra things, from funding called pupil premium.

If you’re not sure if you qualify, we advise that apply anyway and you will receive get an instant confirmation at the end of the application form telling you whether you qualify or not.

Meal times

Lunch is between 11.50 and 12.50, with students spending half an hour having their meal and half an hour attending a club or activity.