Students are not allowed off site at break time. They may buy snacks in the restaurant or bring food from home if they wish. However, please remember we are a NUT-FREE school.
Students in years 7 – 11 are not allowed off site at lunchtime. They may buy lunch from our restaurant or bring a packed lunch if they wish.
We pride ourselves on providing a range of freshly cooked meals at lunchtimes. We offer a variety of nutritious dishes for meat eaters and vegetarians, and other requirements including Halal, Kosher, and for those with allergies/health issues. There is a salad bar, which is provided free if accompanied by a main meal. Salads can also be purchased as a main meal.
Cashless catering system
We operate a cashless catering system where students put money on to their accounts using a cash loader system. You can give your son/daughter a cheque to do this if you wish, cheques should be made payable to Absolutely Catering Ltd. Students registered for free school meals have their accounts credited in advance. Once in the restaurant the food is purchased using a thumbscan.
School online lunch payment system
We have launched our new online payment system called ‘Schoolgateway’ which will enable you to make instant payments to your son/daughter’s school lunch account, 24 hours a day. You will receive receipts and also be able to see account balances. Please follow the below link:
If you have any problems creating your account please contact us for assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free school meals
We encourage all families to apply for Free School Meals, even if they are unsure if they are eligible.
Eligibility can be checked by visiting https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims and completing the online form.
Please speak to the admin office if you have any questions or need help.
If you are eligible for Free School Meals, please print the evidence and bring this into school as soon as possible.
Free School Meals are available to any full-time student who is still at school and eligible. This includes nursery children who attend full days and also sixth form students. Meals are not available for students at further education level. You can get Free School Meals for your child if you or your partner gets either:
- Income Support.
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
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 lunches. Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive Free School Meals.