School Meals / Parent Pay


Introduction to the catering team/service

The catering staff at Longdendale take great pride in the food they produce. Food is cooked on the premises and ingredients are sourced from local suppliers.

Learners are expected to have their meals in school as they can select from a wide ranging menu at competitive prices. A cashless cafeteria system is in operation and each learner is registered through the biometric system. Families can pay in advance weekly, monthly or termly by Parent Pay or if essential, cheque or cash.  The biometric system is exactly the same for learners on free school meals and accounts can be topped up in the same way if required using parent pay or if essential cheque or cash. Learners may bring packed lunches to be eaten in the dining hall/OPC or canopy area.  


At present we have made a number of changes to our food provision as a result of goverment Covid-19 restrictions. 

Water stations are temporarily closed to limit any potential Covid-19 contamination, please ensure your child has money in their account to buy drinks, or has brought a drink from home.  For health and safety reasons, glass bottles must NOT be brought into school. 


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Parent Pay



We are pleased to announce that we are able to accepting payments online for items such as dinner money, school trips and music tuition.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you are be able to pay online using your credit or debit card. Although cash and cheques will still be accepted for a time, ParentPay will be our preferred method of making payments to school.


What are the benefits to parents and pupils?

  • ParentPay is easy-to-use and will offer you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24/7
  • the technology used is of the highest internet security available ensuring that your money will reach school safely – offering you peace of mind
  • payments can be made by credit/debit card or also through PayPoint
  • full payment histories and statements are available to you securely online at anytime
  • your children will not have to worry about losing money at school
  • parents can choose to be alerted when their balances are low via email and/or SMS text


What are the benefits to our school?

The more parents that use ParentPay, the greater the benefit is to our school.  You can help us reduce workloads for all staff, creating more time to lend to educational support and the smooth running of the school.  Using ParentPay also ensures that all financial transactions are safe and secure - helping us to remove costs associated with us having to manage cash securely on the school premises.


How to get started with ParentPay

Once your child starts with Longdendale, you will receive your account activation details, once you receive these:

  • Enter your Activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage. NB. These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account - registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders
  • Once activation is complete you can go to straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment

If you have any questions, please contact the school Admin Office.

For more information please click here


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Biometrics - Cashless Catering Development

This has currently been suspended as a result of measures put in place to minimise risk from contamination if the Covid-19 virus. 

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Our cashless catering system was introduced a number of years ago and is well embedded within school. The feedback we received about dinner cards are that they can very easily be lost and damaged. With this in mind, and in order to support students with receiving the most effective service in the dining hall, we have introduced alternative ways of registering the students. Moving to the bio-metric recognition system has proven to be effective and we hope all of our families will continue to support us in this development.


Some information about bio-metrics:


Bio-metrics authentication is the automatic recognition of a person’s characteristics i.e. fingerprint. There are many different bio-metric features that can be used for authentication purposes; at Longdendale High School we use fingerprint recognition. Our system uses an image of the fingerprint to create a mathematical algorithm and then discards the fingerprint; only the numbers remain and these cannot be re-interpreted back into a fingerprint image.


Why do you need to take my child’s fingerprint? 

By taking an image of your child’s fingerprint we can turn this information into a digital signature which will give them automatic access to the catering service.


Will fingerprints be used by any other agency? 

No, the software we use turns your child’s fingerprint in to a mathematical algorithm. The image of the finger print is then discarded. The information that is stored cannot be used to recreate an image of the child’s fingerprint.


How does it work?

When your child places his/her finger on the scanner, the software matches their finger image with a unique digital signature held on the database. All data is kept confidential and safe and is deleted very easily once your child is no longer at the school.



All schools that have this system in place are required to obtain written parental consent for students who use biometric data as an automated recognition system. In order to obtain this permission, you will receive a letter when your child joins Longdendale which will contain further details.  Should you have any queries regarding this well established system, please do contact the school office on 01457 764006. 


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Price list


Click here to view the current catering price list


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Click here to view Week 1 menu

Click here to view Week 2 menu

Click here to view Week 3 menu

Click here to view Week 4 menu


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