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School Meals

Where can my child eat?

Hot food is served in 3 locations in school: the canteen, "Aquinas Hub" & "The Quad". With the exception of those who bring in packed lunches, students are expected to eat & drink where they purchase it. They will not be allowed to bring food bought in school onto the playground.

Students who choose to bring in packed lunches may be permitted to consume their lunch on the playground. They are expected to dispose of any waste into rubbish bins provided.

What can my child eat?

Hot food is prepared by our canteen staff. Parents are also more than welcome to send their child into school with a packed lunch. 

When can my child eat?

Student lunchtimes are split into two periods of the day - 1st Lunch & 2nd Lunch. Students in years 7, 8 & 9 will have the opportunity to eat during 1st lunch with years 10, 11 & 6th Form having the opportunity to eat during 2nd Lunch.

How do I pay for my child's school meal?

We operate a 100% cashless catering system. Payments for lunches are made using ParentPay. Students are identified by their fingerprints which are scanned at the tills which then check for their current balance. The cost of any food or drink purchased is then deducted from their balance. This deduction is then reflected on ParentPay where you can then track what your child has purchased.

My child is eligible for Free School Meals. How do they obtain their lunch?

Students on Free School Meals have an allowance each day to spend on food & drink in our canteen. As with all students not eligible for Free School Meals, they may purchase their lunch from their appropriate canteen zone. Their fingerprints are scanned at the tills so that a record can still be kept of their purchases - which you can also track via ParentPay. 

Free School Meals

If you are a parent or carer, and receive any of the benefits below, then your child is eiligible for Free School Meals.

• 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 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
• Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

You can apply yourself at www.link2ict.org/fsm or complete this form and return to the main school office.

This data will be entered on to the website on your behalf. We shall then contact you to let you know the outcome. If your child is entitled to free school meals then they can be added the same day provided they are not overdrawn on their account. If they are overdrawn they will need to pay off any debt before they can go onto free school meals.

We do not need to see evidence at this point. If your application is declined and you have evidence to prove you are entitled we may request this at a later date.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the school on 0121 464 4643. 

Below is a link to the Parent Guide on how to redeem codes for Free School Meals:

Parent Guide