What are the arrangements for lunch?

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Students can either purchase food from our restaurant or bring a packed lunch.

Students’ lunch accounts can be credited using a debit or credit card online via ParentPay and you will be provided with login and password details. Parents are able to view their child’s lunch account balance and the details of what is being purchased online via the ParentPay system.

Should you wish to pay with cash, a barcode can be provided to enable you to pay in cash at a local Paypoint outlet. Locations to do this can be found on the Paypoint website at www.paypoint.com.

If a student forgets their packed lunch or discovers that there are no funds in their account when they try to buy lunch they should go to Student Services, where they will be asked to phone home and either speak to a parent/guardian or leave a message to the effect that they need their lunch account topping up. They will be given a slip for a one-off loan to enable them to have a lunch that day.

Students are identified in the restaurant, by use of biometric data held for this purpose. This involves a finger scan which is converted into numerical data and stored for each student. No register of fingerprints is kept, nor is it possible to reconstitute a finger print from the data we hold. If you are unwilling to have your child’s biometric information used in this way, or would like to talk about this further, please contact your child’s college team.

Menus are displayed the restaurant and updated frequently. An example of a typical menu can be found below.

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Free School Meals

Free school meals are provided to ensure that all students regardless of parental income can receive a nutritious, healthy meal. Research has consistently shown that a healthy diet goes hand on hand with improved attainment.

The academy has a proud record in ensuring equality and ensuring that Free School Meal children remain anonymous and are treated exactly the same as non-free school meal children.
If you wish to apply for Free School Meals please click here to complete the online application form.
Free School Meals eligibility also means that there may be some additional funding available to help these students participate in out of hours activities.
The academy is very keen for all families to claim Free School Meals if they are entitled to do so.

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