We are NUT FREE SCHOOL. Please do not bring any form of nuts in to school due to staff and student allergies.
Breaks in the morning and for lunch ensure that students have time to relax, recharge, and socialise, with all students staying on-site to enjoy their meal.
Students may bring a packed lunch from home. Alternatively, students can enjoy a broad range of hearty, delicious hot and cold lunches through our catering team, with options including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, Halal, and international foods.
Our Catering Manager, Jackie Sweeney was awarded first place as East of England LACA School Chef of the Year 2022.
Our Breakfast Club
Our breakfast runs from 8.00am to 8.40am, offering a selection of bagels, fresh fruit, cereal and healthy hot and cold drinks. Funded by the Department for Education as part of the National School Breakfast Programme, the club will be free for all students, booking is not required.
Our school restaurant offers snacks, meals, and refreshments for our students and staff at break and lunchtime.
We operate a cashless catering system for our students and staff to purchase from the canteen. Keeping the school cashless helps prevent bullying, and guarantees that pupils are spending their money on healthy food.
Parents are issued with a BromCom (MCAS) account which allows them to add money to their child's account, and then students can make purchases at break and lunch using their pin code or name at the till.
At break time the restaurant offers hot snacks, drinks, and fruit from the chiller cabinet, sandwiches, and baguettes.
At lunchtime, pupils can feast on freshly made main meals - including meat and vegetarian options, a hot snack of the day, jacket potatoes with a range of fillings, pasta pots, pizza, drinks, sandwiches, and cold desserts from the chiller cabinet.
Free School Meals
Children of families receiving income support, employment support allowance (income-related), or income-based jobseeker's allowance are entitled to receive free school meals.
Families receiving child tax credit but who are not entitled to a working tax credit, and whose annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £16,190, are also entitled, as are those who receive the guarantee element of state pension credit. Those families receiving working tax credit are not entitled to free school meals.
Note: Where a parent is entitled to working tax credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.
If you are receiving one of these benefits, please contact the academy to obtain an application form or call 0344 800 8020 for further advice.
You can also visit the website below for more information and to download an application form.
Once entitlement has been assessed children can continue to receive free school meals until the family stops receiving a qualifying benefit. Parents are required to inform the authority of any changes and regular checks will be carried out against records held by the Department of Work and Pensions, the Home Office, and HM Revenue & Customs by the free school meals team.
A parentpay account is still required for a student who is entitled to free school meals, the allowance must be used at lunchtime only, however drinks and snacks can be purchased at breaktime using funds added to parentpay.
Our canteen is an important part of the social fabric of the school.
Students are welcome in our Breakfast club from 8.00 am. They can access free hot and cold breakfast foods during this time. A member of the Leadership Team will be on duty each morning.
At break and lunchtime, there should be a member of staff on duty, in between the till point and the door.
The member of staff is there to ensure all students are polite and say ‘thank you’ to the staff. They should also keep the area between the rope line and the first row of tables free from students so that hot food can be carried through.
The member of staff by the door should ensure one straight, quiet queue is formed.
Students should sit in the canteen and they should do so using a china plate with proper cutlery.
All students are responsible for clearing rubbish and clearing any mess or spills.
Students should always be polite and use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to canteen staff.
When sat down, coats should not be worn in the canteen.
Bags should not be on the tables.
The ‘canteen culture’ rules are on clear display and should be adhered to at all times.
The school lunch menu can be found below: