Catering & Free School Meals
The catering service at the academy is provided by Innovate. They are a well-established and experienced school caterer whose vision and values are aligned with the academies to create a positive food culture and promote good eating habits. The service is provided under contract with the Harris Federation. Our School meals policy can be found below.
A typical lunchtime food offering
Our menu has been created after extensive research into student preferences; it is also nutritious and compliant with all government guidelines. The menu aims to offer more of what students want, including good food that can be eaten on the go as well as themed days to coincide with key dates such as Pancake Day, Burns Night, Diwali, etc.
A typical grab 'n' go food and drink offering
The current tariff pricing is available in this link and demonstrates the full range of food and drink which is available. The Academy uses a cashless catering system for the food and drink purchases.
Here is a link to the Eatwell Guide (from Public Health England) – this provides a useful overview of what food groups make up a balanced and healthy diet.
If your child has a special diet and/or certain food intolerances, please encourage them to speak to a member of the catering team.
Please ensure that student cards are sufficiently topped up via your ParentPay online account by 10.00am in order to purchase lunch or break time refreshments from the dining hall.
If you do not know your ParentPay login or password, please email email@example.com.
Free School Meals
Your child may be entitled to free school meals. Even if your child does not wish to eat free school meals, but is entitled to them, it's worth applying because for each child entitled to free school meals the Academy could receive funding to help with tuition, resources, coaching and extra assistance.
You may be eligable to apply for free school meals if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit
- 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
- Working Tax Credit run-on
Find out if your child is entitled to free school meals by clicking here.