10. What can my child eat in school? Every day we serve food at brunch (10.55-11.20am) and lunch (1.20-2pm). Brunch is available from the dining hall and students can buy toast, muffins, waffles, bacon and sausage sandwiches, toasties etc. Lunch is served from 5 locations throughout the school including a serving area exclusively for year 7 in the year 7 common room. Students can have a hot meal every day and there is always a vegetarian option. We have a roast dinner day every Wednesday and chips on a Friday, In addition to this students can get sandwiches, pasta, paninis, chicken burgers, wraps, jacket potatoes, pizza – there is always something for everyone
11. How do I pay for school lunches? We have a system called ParentPay which means that parents can pay for school lunches online. You will also be able to use it to see a log of what your child is spending their lunch money on! If you do not want to pay online or you do not have access to the internet, we will arrange for you to have a card which you can use to top your child’s account up – the card can be used in any shop that has a PayPoint (these are located in lots of places around Todmorden including Walsden and Cornholme). Your child will then use our biometric fingerprint system to buy food from their account. If parents do not want us to scan their child’s fingerprint then they can have a pin code instead.
12. How much are school lunches? All lunches are £2. Food at brunch ranges from 20p for a slice of toast to £1.30 for a bacon or sausage butty!
13. My child is entitled to free school meals – how do I apply for them at your school? We will send a full information pack before your child starts school with us and the application for free school meals will be in this. We use a fingerprint system for children to pay for their food and children who have free school meals will pay in exactly the same way so they do not need to do anything different to all the other students to get their food.
14. I do not live in the catchment area but I want my child to come to this school. Will they get a place? To secure a place – Todmorden High School needs to be put as your number 1 choice of school. Our admissions number is 180 and we do have a waiting list for our current year 7. Lots of families who applied for places from outside the catchment area were successful in securing a place though so if you want your child to come here then make sure you put us down on your list. Details of our admissions criteria can be found on the school website but priority is given in the following order:
- Pupils who are in public care (Children ‘Looked After’) or pupils who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a child arrangements or special guardianship order immediately following having been looked after.
- Pupils living within the defined priority area (catchment area) who have a brother or sister (including step/half brothers and sisters) permanently resident in the same household and currently attending the school (excluding pupils in their final year).
- Other pupils living within the defined priority area (catchment area).
- Those pupils who do not qualify under categories 1-3 who have a brother or sister (including step/half brothers and sisters) permanently resident in the same household and currently attending the school (excluding pupils in their final year).
- Other children.
When is the building work due to be completed and what will be in there?
For the new build: A 5 million pound building is under construction on the school site which is intended to replace the old ‘Riverside’ building and the porta-cabin English block. It will house 16 new classrooms accommodating the subjects that include English, geography, MFL and history. The old blocks will be demolished and replaced with sports and play areas as part of the process. The new block will be finished in the spring of 2018 and the old blocks removed by the end of the summer term.
For the roof: Contractors are replacing the old and at times leaky roof on the vast majority of the existing school site. This work is coordinated by the construction company ‘Bardsleys’ and the local council. The work will be complete in phases, the maths block is almost finished and the art and science area will be complete during the autumn term.