Students can either bring a packed lunch or have a school meal. We encourage all meals to be healthy and nutritious.
Packed lunches must not contain:
- Nuts and nut products
- Strawberries and strawberry products
We can’t guarantee that a student will never come into contact with these ingredients, but we’ll take all reasonable steps to do so.
- Cooked on campus
- Hot food
We work hard with our caterers P&A Catering to cater for all special diets too.
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 you to add money to your child’s account either one-off or using a recurring payment option. With it, you can pay for trips and events online too.
Setting up an account is easy – just contact our admin team.
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.
Free School Meals
If you are entitled to free school dinners, you first need to apply for this. You can apply online:
Please apply. It will ensure we receive additional money to be able to provide extra things, from funding called pupil premium.
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.