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Hazel Wood High School introduced a new and exciting catering offer, courtesy of our catering partners Aspens, beginning in April 2023

Aspens will look to bring menus to Hazel Wood that are exciting and innovative, reflecting the very latest UK and international eating trends but with a real focus on health and wellbeing. Their menus also adhere to the school food-based standards to make sure students are fuelled and hydrated for learning.

Alongside this, work has taken place on our dining hall flooring and the displays and signage in place, this will ensure that our students have both a vibrant space and food offer.

Hazel Wood High School remains a cashless school and the payment method for catering remains Parent Pay, which you can find more information on in our School Information Booklet here.

For more information on the catering offer from Aspens, please see the drop downs on the left hand side of this page.

Free School Meals

Below is a summary of the eligibility criteria for Free School Meals (FSM) in Bury. Please visit the Bury Council website for full details: https://www.bury.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/school-meals/free-school-meals

Bury Council - FSM Eligibility Criteria

From year 3 onwards free school meals are only available if you get one of the following:

  • Universal Credit - and your earned income is less than £7,400 a year, after tax and not including any benefits
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, providing you are do not get Working Tax Credit, and your annual gross income is less than £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • If you get Working Tax Credits you will not be eligible unless you are receiving the four week 'run on' payment after stopping work.

Free school meals are available for pupils at local authority maintained primary and secondary schools, including academies. They are not available for children at private or independent schools.

They are also available for eligible households with:

  • Children at local authority maintained nurseries, providing they receive education before and after lunch
  • Students aged between 16 and 19 who go to Elms Bank Specialist Arts College sixth form
  • Students who receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance in their own right

Aspens 'Feed A Family' Project

Aspen's chefs have devised a number of delicious recipes that aim to feed a family of 4 for £5. Please see further information on the recipes available below:

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