Lunches and Payments
All school meals are cooked on the campus and to halal standards. We provide food and refreshments for students, staff and visitors. A range of hot food, sandwiches and salads are available. We work hard with our caterers P&A Catering to cater for all special diets too.
Students who wish to bring packed lunches may do so but they must not include nuts, nut products, strawberries or strawberry products due to high risk allergies of other students. We are unable to guarantee that a student will never come into contact with such products because we cannot control the whole supply chain of ingredients. We take all reasonable steps to avoid using them in our ingredients.
Lunchtimes are arranged to enable students to eat and participate in activity clubs during their break if they wish to. Clubs are chosen by the students and include: disco, karaoke, quiet club and sports clubs.
Where to eat
We currently have four areas available for students to eat their lunch. Those who need support, or who need a particularly quiet area, dine in our ‘Piazza’ where there are experienced staff who feed and support students through lunch. We also have the ‘Bridge’, where students use self-service lunch facilities (with support) to eat lunch with their friends and classmates. An increasing number of students use the ‘Atrium’ area, which is the main eating area for the school. This is self-service and is supervised by staff.
Some of the students who attend the Pathfinder Vocational Centre prefer to stay at the centre for lunch, where there is a dining hall for students supplied by the campus kitchen.
How to pay
We encourage parents and carers to pay for school dinners using our quick and simple online system, Parent Pay.
Parent Pay enables parents to upload money to their child’s account either manually or using a regular payment option, debiting the associated bank account immediately. It enables you to pay for school trips / events online and removes the need for your child to carry cash to or from school. You can also monitor what food your child is eating in school.
Setting up an account is simple – just contact our admin team (01274 779662 or email@example.com) who will send out the necessary login information. Registering takes a matter of minutes then say goodbye to cash. Parents with children in other schools who use ParentPay can manage all their children’s dinner money using the one account. Mention this to our admin team and they will explain how this is done.
If you prefer to pay with cash, it should be sent to school on every Monday morning, in a sealed envelope with the child’s name on it and the amount enclosed. Students who are eligible for free school meals will have their accounts loaded automatically.
Free School Meals
We are keen to ensure that parents and carers can access the benefits available to them. Free School Meals are available to all who are eligible. In order to qualify you need to complete the Local Education Authority application form here. If you’re not sure if you qualify, we advise that apply anyway and you will receive get an instant confirmation at the end of the application form telling you whether you qualify or not.
Lunch is between 11.50 and 12.50, with students spending half an hour having their meal and half an hour attending a club or activity.