Catering and Free School Meals

Catering and free school meals

Lunchtime is an important part of the school day. We encourage students to eat healthily from our food court or our 'cash ‘n’ dash' windows. Items are priced separately and a two course meal may be purchased at a very moderate cost. We also have a mid-morning break service.

We operate a cash-free biometric system; students use fingerprint recognition to deduct money from their accounts. Those who do not wish to use the biometric system are issued with an individual PIN. Student accounts can be topped up by students using cash machines in school or online by parents / carers through SCOpay.

Nutritional standards

There are two standards that we must comply with when providing school catering. The standards were developed following research showing that children were not making healthy food choices at lunchtime and that school meals did not meet their nutritional needs.

1. Food-based standards

They define the types of food which are no longer allowed or are restricted. Food that is high in fat, sugar or salt is replaced with more nutritious food and drinks, introduced to ensure nourishing food is served more frequently.

2. Nutrient-based standards

It is important that school lunches contain sufficient energy and micronutrients to promote good nutritional health in all students and to protect those who are nutritionally vulnerable.

The nutrient-based standards aim to make the food offered healthier by increasing the vitamin and mineral content and decreasing the fat, saturated fat, non-milk extrinsic sugars and sodium, (salt), content.

Free school meals

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals (FSM) if you are in receipt of any of the following:

  • 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 guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit (provided you’re not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of less than £16,190)
  • Working tax credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit
  • Universal credit
    • Provided you have an annual net income of no more than £7,400
    • This is assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods

How to apply

To see if you are eligible, you can apply online here, call 0345 6006400 or complete a paper application form, available from the school office.

Food hygiene rating

We have regular environmental health inspections and we were recently given the best hygiene rating possible - 'very good'.