School Meals

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In Henry’s, students are able to purchase snacks (including sandwiches & baguettes) at break or lunch. A wide range of hot food including pasta pots, pizza and a main meal of the day (meat or vegetarian options) is available at lunchtime.  The food is freshly prepared on site by ABM, our contract caterers and for main meals, a four week menu cycle is in operation (click links in blue box to view the current menus and guide prices).

Designated eating areas are available for students who prefer to bring a packed lunch into school.  Parents are asked to encourage their children to eat healthily and in particular, we would be grateful if you could impress upon them that they should not bring crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks into school.

Cashless Payment System for School Meals

In common with most secondary schools in the UK, ABM operate a cashless payment system for food and drink purchased from Henry’s.  Students and staff who wish to make purchases from Henry’s need to deposit money into their online account either through the ParentPay website or via a machine located in the school’s main reception area. Payment is made at Henry’s by drawing on their deposited money through identification by a biometric identifier (finger print).  There is a spend restriction of £2.50 per meal and £5 per day on each account (although for students who are involved in extra-curricular activities after school and may therefore need to buy extra food, it is possible to request an increase in the daily limit).  Where possible, parents and students are encouraged to top the online account up on a weekly (or longer) basis, rather than each day, in order to reduce unnecessary queues at the cash top-up machine.

The biometric identification system is used in numerous schools and is endorsed by the DfE.  It uses the finger to uniquely identify each student and member of staff. The system measures many aspects of the finger to do this. Each person who wishes to use the catering services at the school has their finger registered, which will then be translated into a unique identification code. The system does not store an image of the fingerprint. The biometric system negates the need to carry cash and enables quick, efficient purchasing. Instructions (including PIN code and details on how to access ParentPay) are issued to each individual when they have been registered as users of the cashless system.  Parents are also able to monitor their child’s spending on food items via the online account, and see the sort of purchases they have been making in the dining hall.

Staff and students who do not consent to providing biometric information, but wish to be able to make purchases from Henry’s can be allocated a swipe card instead, which operates in the same way.  Further information regarding the system is available from the school’s Operations Manager, Alexander Hulse.

Free School Meals

Parents/Carers should be entitled to claim a free school meal on behalf of their child/children if one of them is claiming either:-

  • Universal Credit provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax  Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax


If you believe that you are entitled to claim, further information is provided on the Worcestershire County Council website’s Applying for Free School Meals page .  You will need to complete an online application form, which may be accessed from that page. 

For parents without an email account or access to the internet, in exceptional circumstances, the Local Authority will accept a paper application. They will need to request a copy from the Free School Meals Team on 01905 845280. They will need to have their National Insurance number and personal details to hand.

It is worth noting that eligibility for Free School Meals (FSM) is used as the measure for access to other financial support, such as free computer and/or internet connection.  It may also access support with uniform costs for new students and, for those who continue into the Sixth Form, a small bursary is currently available.  In addition, Pupil Premium is extra money paid direct to schools for each child who is eligible for free school meals.  This is used to support the education of students in receipt of FSM and further information regarding Pupil Premium funding at Prince Henry’s High School may be found in our Pupil Premium Strategy.