Our new look canteen is increasingly popular with students and staff alike who choose to sit and eat their meals together.
We focus on providing healthy food for all students, including those eligible for free school meals. There is always plenty of choice, with two hot food counters, a pasta bar and a deli counter serving a range of sandwiches, wraps, baguettes and salads available to all students.
We have regular theme days showcasing food from a range of international cuisines. We do not allow sugary or fizzy drinks at any time so provide plenty of water as well as the option of other healthy drink options with meals.
Free School Meals
If you think you may be entitled to free school meals go to contact.camden.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals/ and complete the brief application.
Alternatively, download an application form and return the completed form to reception. Alternatively, forms are available from student reception.
Paying for meals
We encourage online payments so that students do not need to bring cash onto the school site in order to load up their canteen account to buy food.
All parents/carers should have received a letter home with guidelines on how to set up their child's account and there is an Online Payments Account Guide below with more information. If you have not yet registered, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your online link code.
Students use a PIN or their fingerprint to buy food in the canteen. The fingerprint option is much faster and doesn’t require your child to remember a PIN so we recommend it strongly. If you have not yet signed your child up for this option, please complete the biometrics consent form below and return it to the school.
Through the online system you can see what your child is spending this money on. More information is available below in the Online Payments Quick Reference Guide. The online payment system can be accessed using this link: www.scopay.com
If preferred, your child can still load cash onto their canteen account using the machines in the canteen.
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Our Breakfast Club takes place in the canteen from 8am to 8.30am every morning and is open to all students.
In 2015, we were nominated for Breakfast Club of the year, and one of our students was nominated for Breakfast club hero.
There are lots of ways to eat healthier.
The government have launched a campaign called Change for Life. Their website has loads of information on how to keep a healthy lifestyle, including loads of delicious meal ideas. Follow the link for further information: Change 4 Life.
Healthy packed lunches
We welcome students with packed lunches into the canteen too, though they can also make use of the picnic benches in various locations throughout the site if they prefer.
Follow the link for information and ideas on how to keep your packed lunch interesting while still being healthy: Preparing your child's lunchbox.
Packed lunches should include:
- At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day.
- Meat or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus or falafel) every day.
- Fish at least once a week and oily fish, such as salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines, at least once every three weeks.
- A portion of starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day (aim for wholegrain varieties)
- A portion of dairy such as semi-skimmed milk, low fat cheese, low fat and sugar yoghurt, fromage frais, soya products every day.
- Only water, (pure fruit juice containing no added sugar, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, smoothies, yoghurt or milk drinks are permitted).
- If a pudding is included we ask that it is fruit based, this is in line with the fruit based pudding that children with school meals receive, examples are fruit salads or tinned fruit with yoghurt or custard, fruity rice puddings, fruit smoothies and fruit based crumbles.
We appreciate your support in our campaign for a healthier school!