School Meals

The Gate Café

The modern, vibrant atmosphere offered in the Gate Café gives students a chance to relax in one of the many seating areas – inside at tables in the main canteen or on the mezzanine level, or at tables in the Gate Theatre floor space. In good weather, students can choose to take cold food outside to the courtyard, at picnic tables around the campus or relaxing with friends on the field.

The Gate Café serves breakfast from 8.00am, with a selection of breakfast products including pastries, fruit, bacon rolls and hot or cold drinks. At break, students can choose from a variety of hot and cold snacks. Themed days add interest – traditional British dishes as well as Indian, Italian, Caribbean and Asian cuisines have all featured on the changing menus.

All food is made with fresh, ethically sourced and, where possible, local ingredients.

Current menus and tariffs can be downloaded below.

The academy operates a cashless catering system for purchasing items from the Gate Café. The minimum amount that can be paid into your account is £10.00, money spent on food will be taken out of the system and you can always check by using the online payment system or at the point of sale to see how much you have left.

The online system is able to provide you with a report detailing each item of food served, each credit made to the system, for any time period and show a current balance.

There is a daily ‘spend limit’ programmed into the system of £5.00, this can be increased or decreased for an individual student by making a written request to the school kitchen.

Please note no cash for cashless catering will be accepted.  If you have forgotten how to log on to the cashless catering system please call the academy on 01243 546800.

Prepayment for students wishing to purchase food from our canteen can be made through our online payment system, ParentPay:

Payments for catering are made directly to Innovate, Business Support Centre, Phoenix House, Pryford Road, West Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 6RA. Please note your bank statement will display ‘Innovate’.

If you believe your child may be eligible to receive free school meals but are not currently registered, we would urge you to register without delay. Please see the steps and criteria below.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. In addition, due to the School’s cashless catering system, it is impossible to distinguish between those in receipt of Free School Meals and those who are not.

How does it work?

  1. First, check if you qualify (refer to list below).
  2. Registering is quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact Mr Ethan Burge who will help you to register ([email protected]).
  3. Additional benefits will be made available to your child in various aspects of everyday school life.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal credit.

Students can also register for Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves.