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School Meals

SCHOOL MEALS

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

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance – Income Based
  • Employment and Support Allowance – Income Related
  • Support under part V1 of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190.
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
  • Universal Credit (Paper Proof will be required)

 

**Note: From 1st May 2009, children are eligible for Free School Meals for a four week period immediately after the parent/carer becomes unemployed, or reduces their hours to less than 16 hours a week, but is still in receipt of Working Tax Credit.

If you believe that you are entitled to claim then you will need to fill in an application form (click link in blue box). The form can be sent off directly to the Local Authority or be returned to Mrs Jennings  in the School Office who will send it off on your behalf. Alternatively, you can complete an online application form on the Worcestershire County Council website.  If you need further advice please do not hesitate to contact the school. Alternatively the Citizens Advice which is located at 13 Port Street, Evesham (telephone number 01386-712100) has been able to help in the past.  It is worth noting that eligibility for Free School Meals 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 pupils and, for those who continue into the Sixth Form, a small bursary is currently available.