Academy Life
School Meals

School Meals

The daily queues in our restaurant speak for themselves, our catering contractors, Cucina, are a big hit with students and staff!

Serving a huge range of healthy, freshly cooked food at breakfast, break and lunchtimes – from traditional British roast dinners to world cuisine – students are spoiled for choice.  Cucina even offer an after-school ‘take-away’ service providing freshly cooked roast chickens or delicious pizzas for students to take home and share with their families.

Read more about Cucina and the service they provide.

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Cashless Catering

The Academy operates a cashless, biometric, system for school meals and all payments must be made via ParentPay.  Click on the links for further information on ParentPay and answers to FAQs.

Biometric System
This method removes the need to bring money to school and takes away the stigma attached to free school meals.  Parents are able to check lunch money is being spent correctly and monitor what their children are eating.  Biometrics removes the emphasis on students having to remember lunch cards and alleviates the chance of identity fraud.  Caterers enjoy even faster speed of service as students no longer have to search for swipe cards and administrative staff save valuable time by no longer having to issue new cards.

Biometrics and Security
The Biometrics system uses an image of a fingerprint to create a mathematical algorithm. The image of the fingerprint is destroyed and only the numbers remain; these cannot be reinterpreted back into a fingerprint image.  Students and Parents can therefore be rest assured that the fingerprint image is not retained and cannot be used by any other source for identification purposes.

Biometric Registration
Registration is quick and easy to complete.  New students are registered on the morning of their first day in the Academy so that by breaktime, they are able to purchase refreshments.

If you have any queries about Parentpay or our Biometric system please telephone Marion Roberts in our Finance Department 020 8850 7678 or email Marion.Roberts@scwa.org.uk.


Free School Meals

Some families are entitled to claim free school meals for their child, this is administered through the Pupil Benefits Department at the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  Click here to find out further details and download a claim form.


In effect from 6th November 2017