Lunchtime Arrangements

Meals are available at the following times:

Breakfast: 8.15am to 8.45am

(Rivers Café only)

Break: 11.05am to 11.35am

(Rivers Café & Tuck Shop)

Lunch: 1.35pm to 2.05pm

(Rivers Café & Tuck Shop)


General Points:

  • Students are not permitted to leave the Academy premises during lunchtime.

  • The Academy uses a cashless catering system; wherever possible students should be registered with a biometric algorithm of their thumbprint. Should the Academy not receive consent to do this a pin will be issued which students must remember and use whenever they wish to purchase food.

  • Parents must set up a “Parentpay” account and ensure that there are sufficient funds available to cover the cost of student’s lunches/snacks. This can be done online or by using a “Paypoint” card at local stores. Paypoint cards cost £1.50 and must be requested from the Academy. If you have not received an activation letter or require a Paypoint card please contact Mrs Mahoney at the Academy via e-mail: or on 01621 787823.

  • When students leave the Academy the balance on their Parentpay account can either be refunded or transferred to a younger sibling at the Academy. The minimum refund amount is £5.00, smaller amounts will be transferred to the school fund.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support or income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more that £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal credit.

For further information:


Students using Rivers Café are expected to:

  • Queue in an orderly fashion.

  • Return trays to the collection point before eating.

  • Clear tables of dirty plates, cutlery, waste food and wrappings.

  • The student responsible should deal with any spillage of food or drink.

  • Students should behave in a socially acceptable manner, no shouting, running etc.

  • Main meals and hot drinks are not permitted to be taken out of the canteen.

  • Students should ensure that all litter is placed in the bins provided, whether that is indoors or outdoors.

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