We make our own meals onsite every day and there are a range of dishes to choose from. Our high quality school food is a key part of our Healthy Schools Accreditation. We have four serveries which are:

  • main meal bar. Normally there are three choices of hot meal, one of which is vegetarian.
  • a pizza bar serving slices and mini-pizzas.
  • the cold bar. There is a selection of sandwiches, wraps etc. You can also buy hot pasta pots here.
  • old hall servery. There is a selection of sandwiches, wraps etc. You can also buy hot chicken wraps here.

Menus operate on a three week cycle so there is plenty to choose from. Although this changes frequently, to give you an idea the hot meals served will be based on:

  • Monday – curry
  • Tuesday – roast dinner
  • Wednesday – international day e.g. Chinese
  • Thursday – roast dinner
  • Friday – fish and chips.

It is very important to us that we use high quality ingredients and so all meat is Red Tractor certified and all fish is Marine Stewardship Council approved. Where possible, we use smaller, local suppliers. All of the lamb, beef and pork we use is bred on a farm within 10 miles of the school. The chicken comes from Halifax. We use as much fresh produce as we can.

We run a variety of meal deals which give students a hot meal / pizza / sandwich plus a drink and dessert for around £2.65.

Recycling is encouraged and we reduce non-reusable / non-recyclable packaging where possible. Food waste is donated to charity.

Allergies and Dietary Requirements

As we cook our own food on-site, we are able to cater for most dietary requirements. Anyone with a dietary requirement should contact the Catering Manager, Mrs Slater, and she will be able to work with families to ensure that students are able to enjoy as wide a range of meals as possible.

We comply with all relevant allergen legislation and guidance and take the necessary precautions to minimise the risk of cross-contamination. It should be noted however that food is prepared in a large, open plan kitchen and it is impossible to rule out all risk. Please speak to the Catering Manager for more information.

It is not the responsibility of the school to manage a student’s food allergies or intolerances. If a student has a known food allergy or food intolerance and they are unsure if their food choice is safe to eat, it is their responsibility to check with a member of the Catering Team. It is possible to put an alert on a student’s account via the School Nurse.

Cashless Catering

Royds adopts a cashless catering system. This system provides a more efficient, faster and ultimately better quality of service. This system incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need for students to carry cash throughout the day. It is also biometric so there is no need for students to carry a card as the system will recognise students’ thumb prints at the tills.

A daily spend limit of £10 will be programmed into the system. This can be increased or decreased for an individual student by making a written request to the Finance Manager. Parents can set up online accounts with ParentPay to add money to their child’s account. Please contact the Finance Manager to inquire about refunds.

Free Meals

If you are receiving certain benefits, your child may be entitled to free school meals. Please visit the Leeds City Council website for more information and eligibility criteria.

When students are allocated free school meals, credit is pre-loaded at the tills to allow them to purchase a meal deal. Please encourage students to use their free school meal allowance.

Packed Lunches

These can be brought from home as an alternative to buying meals from the canteen but they must be eaten in the Old Hall.


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