School Meals

There are various locations for students to purchase food and drink:

  1.  Café - open to everyone for Breakfast Club, daily 0800-0830  
  2.  The main counter – Years 7, 8 and 9 hot food at break and lunch
  3.  Hall trolley – Years 7, 8 and 9 cold food & fruit salad bar
  4.  KS4 Café – Years 10 and 11 hot and cold food
  5.  The Sixth Form Café - exclusively for sixth formers in the Centre and open all day from 8am until 1.45pm

We serve a choice of hot and cold food for breakfast, break and lunch and our varied menu includes both traditional food items and food from around the world.

Throughout the year we hold ‘special occasion’ days and will advertise these to students in the daily bulletin notice and by posters and to parents through the weekly newsletter. 

Students all have an individual online meal account, via the ParentPay system, which allows parents to check their child’s balance and look at what they have purchased in school.  All accounts have a standard daily limit of £4.50 but if parents would like to amend this either way please email  to request a change. 

Ordering on the App. We will continue to use the app for students to order cold food items for lunch. Please place your order by 8am on the day you require food and if you need to cancel please do this by 8am too.

Free School Meals

The daily meal allowance for eligible students is £2.75 and is anonymous at the till points and can be spent from the beginning of break until the end of lunch, you can also order your lunch on the app. We’d love to see all our students who are entitled to this to be using and enjoying their allowance.

Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • 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 Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

In addition, the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows:

  • From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time.
  • On addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.
  • Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).

If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria, please apply online:

Parents with questions about free school meals should contact the school on 01778 342159 for further information. 

Allergen Information

Allergen information may be subject to change so please always contact us before ordering if you have any food allergies or intolerances. If you have any questions about the catering provision, including allergen information please contact the catering manager via email, on Gluten free pasta, sliced bread and tortilla wraps are available. Please order at break ready for lunch.