School Meals & Free School Meals
Our menu has been created after extensive research into student preferences but is also nutritious and compliant with all government guidelines.
The academy and Innovate, our catering supplier, aim to provide all students with an exceptional catering experience. Our very talented Executive Chef and the fantastic catering team will be serving exciting menus packed with healthy ingredients, that are full of variety, and with loads of interesting new things to try.
It’s important that the food tastes as good as it looks, and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
The academy uses the ParentPay system which is a cashless system for canteen purchases. We use a Biometric system. Parent Pay is in operation for accounts to be topped up online. Students can also top up their accounts on site with cash if required.
Free school meals
If you are receiving any of the following benefits your child could be eligible for Free School Meals, worth £2.38 per day:
- 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)
Free School Meal applications should be made online, using this link: https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/harrisfederation.
If you are unable to use the online system, please complete the form below and email it to email@example.com along with any supporting documents.
The Academy will also receive an extra Pupil Premium funding, which can be used for resources such as extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after-school activities.
What happens next?
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 2023 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.