Our catering service is provided by Nottinghamshire County Council and includes a variety of food options for students. Lunch is served in the dining hall and we offer nutritious meals as well as snacks at break time.

We encourage students to eat a healthy diet to support their ongoing health and development, and cater for most tastes. We also offer a number of themed days throughout the year to celebrate different cultures and encourage our academy community to broaden their food experiences.

We consult our students on their opinions of the quality, variety and choice in the canteen, and their suggestions have been implemented by the catering team for the benefit of all students.


We operate a cashless catering system called sQuid, which uses biometric data from student fingerprints to pay for meals. Money can be credited to student accounts using coins or notes at machines in the academy or parents can add funds electronically to their child’s account via our secure system. Find out more about online payments.

Free school meals

As a parent or carer, you may qualify for free school meals if you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after the person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

Registration for free school meals is handled by Nottinghamshire County Council, and you will need to provide the following information:

  • Personal details (including national insurance number and date of birth) for the parent/carer
  • Child’s details in full including their date of birth and the school they attend

You can register online and contact Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 80 80 if you have any further queries.

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