School lunches are provided by Vive, a high-quality school caterer, and their menu changes regularly to enhance student choice.
Free school meals
Is my child entitled to free school meals?
Children of families receiving income support, employment support allowance (income-related) or income-based jobseeker's allowance are entitled to receive free school meals.
Families receiving child tax credit but who are not entitled to a working tax credit, and whose annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £16,190, are also entitled, as are those who receive the guarantee element of state pension credit. Those families receiving working tax credit are not entitled to free school meals.
Note: Where a parent is entitled to working tax credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.
If you are receiving one of these benefits, please contact the academy to obtain an application form or call 0344 800 8020 for further advice.
You can also click below for more information and to download an application form.
Once entitlement has been assessed children can continue to receive free school meals until the family stops receiving a qualifying benefit. Parents are required to inform the authority of any changes and regular checks will be carried out against records held by the Department of Work and Pensions, the Home Office, and HM Revenue & Customs by the free school meals team.
Our canteen is an important part of the social fabric of the school. We provide a great quality hot and cold food service at breakfast, break time and lunchtime. We have a set of rules for using the canteen that encourage a calm and polite environment for all students.
Students are welcome in our Breakfast club from 8 am. They can purchase a wide variety of breakfast foods and drinks. A member of the Leadership Team will be on duty each morning from 8 am.
- At break and lunchtime, there should be two members of staff on duty. One to stand by the till point and the other by the door.
- The member of staff by the till point is there to ensure all students are polite and say ‘thank you’ to the staff.They should also keep the area between the rope line and the first row of tables free from students so that hot food can be carried through.
- The member of staff by the door should ensure one straight, quiet queue is formed for hot food and another for the cold foods.
- Where students eat in, they should do so using a china plate with proper cutlery.Only take out food should be in a cardboard box. If a student asks for a box and then sits down, they should be asked to leave.
- All students are responsible for clearing rubbish, tucking in their own chair and clearing any mess or spills.
- Students should always be polite and use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to canteen staff.
- When sat down, coats should not be worn in the canteen.
- Bags should not be on the tables.