Lunches and Free School Meals

Find out more about Free School Meals

Which pupils qualify for free school meals?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (as long as you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on

  • Universal Credit

What are the benefits of claiming free school meals?

School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and they can also save you time and money.

Claiming free school meals also helps the school. We get extra funding, known as the ‘pupil premium’, for every eligible pupil who is registered.

Find out about our lunch offer

Every day we offer:

  • a selection of hot meals. The menu changes each day

  • a selection of fresh sandwiches and salads

  • marinated halal chicken wraps

  • pasta with a selection of hot sauces

  • fresh fruit

  • a wide range of healthy drinks

All our meals are nutritionally analysed and we display the calorie content of each meal on our menus, to help our students make an informed choices about healthy eating.

Halal meals and hot halal chicken wraps are also available in the Dining Hall. These are cooked separately to avoid contamination and are clearly labelled on the menu.

A vegetarian main meal and a vegetarian pasta choice are available every day, as well as a selection of vegetarian sandwiches.

View a sample of our three-week menu

Learn about our payment processes

When buying their lunches, students use their fingerprints to manage their accounts. This means they don’t need to carry money around with them.

If your child is registered for free school meals their account will automatically topped up.

After your child starts with us in September, we will give you an activation code for Parent Pay. Please note, we can only set this up after your child actually starts with us, and so it's a good idea to send your child in with cash for the first few days. We will ensure your child can eat during these days - please don't worry.

Parents and carers are asked to use Parent Pay to top up their child’s lunch account. Parent Pay also lets you monitor what your child is spending their money on. As well as the website, there is an option to top up at local Pay Point shops.

Find out about meal times

A free breakfast is available to all from 7:30am – 8:15am, including fruit juice, toast and crumpets.

Students have a 15 minute break in the morning, where they can purchase snacks and drinks.

Lunch is 30 minutes.

We have different sittings for each break and lunch time, so not all students are on break or lunch at the same time.