Our menu has been created after extensive research into student preferences, but is also nutritious and compliant with all government guidelines.
The catering service is provided by Chartwells, part of the Compass Group. Chartwells are a well-established and experienced school caterer. The service is provided under contract with Harris Federation.
Free school meals
The Academy writes to all parent/carers whose children are entitled to free school meals. We also assure parents that all matters regarding use of this fund are treated with discretion and in confidence.
Online Free School Meals (OFSM)
OFSM provides an online platform for applying for free school meals. Academies with the consent of parents or guardians may apply via an online form with a decision on eFSM status being returned almost instantly.
If you are unable to use the online system, please contact Ms Graham by telephone 0207 703 4417 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we have received your application your details will be checked via the Eligibility Checking Service and you will be advised by letter whether or not your claim is successful. Confirmation of eligibility will also be sent to your child(ren)'s school.
From April 2018 the criteria used to determine eligibility has been updated to reflect the roll out of Universal Credit payments. To ensure families are not disadvantaged during the roll out period the following arrangements have been put in place.
Any child eligible for free school meals on 1 April 2018 will retain their eligibility until the end of the roll out in March 2022 regardless of family circumstance change. Once the roll out of Universal Credit is complete no child will lose their entitlement and it will continue until the end of their current phase of education.
Comidas escolares gratuitas - por la atencion de padres hispanohablantes.
The Academy does not accept payment by cash or cheque but instead enables all payments to be processed through ParentPay. You can top up your ParentPay account using your credit/debit card or by using cash at local stores where you see the PayPoint logo.
ParentPay is a very secure website and free to use for parents/carers and staff. Payments can be made for school meals, trips, music lessons, equipment and other activities.
- Please see our How to set up ParentPay document or watch the video below for support in setting up an account and making payments.
- Bienvenido a "Pagos de comida del colegio” - por la atencion de padres hispanohablantes.
ParentPay benefits our students and the Academy in many ways not least by removing the risks associated with students carrying cash to the Academy and reducing administration which creates more time to devote to educational support and the smooth running of the Academy. Not using cash is particularly important during the Covid-19 pandemic where exchanging cash or cheques could pose a potential risk of contamination.
To use ParentPay you will need your unique user ID and password. Year 8-11 parents have previously been given your secure online account details which you would have been prompted to change these once you logged in and activate the account. Year 7 parents should receive a letter containing their user ID and password as soon as a child is fully registered as a student at the Academy so that they are able to start using ParentPay immediately. ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments which you can view at a later date.
For further information about using ParentPay please contact Ms Brooks-Simpson in the Academy Reception Office.