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Cafe @ Hugh Christie

For the current lunchtime menus click here.

All students in Year 7 to 11 are expected to remain on the school premises at lunchtime unless they are returning home for a mid-day meal, in which case written confirmation will be required from parents and a pass issued by the school. Eating and drinking are only permitted in the café, the outside area next to it and the Main Hall when it is open. The Café is operated for the school by a company called Chartwells.

For more information about the company, visit their website:

Food can be purchased from the indoor café or the outside tuck shop areas.

The café is open for breakfast from 8am every day. Food can also be purchased during break times and at lunchtime. Key Stage Five students can purchase a limited range of products throughout the day. The coll operates a ‘healthy eating’ policy. The aim is to provide a good choice of quality food which is attractive to our students. The menus and prices will be made available on the student and parent areas of the school website.

We use a biometric system which uses finger print technology for students to access their account. We require parental consent for your child to access the system.  One of the many benefits of the new system is that if the school has been notified of the student’s dietary requirements there will be an alert if they try to purchase an item which contains something to which they are allergic.

Money can be loaded onto the system;

  • Via Parent Pay which parents/carers can access online or at locations offering PAYPOINT

  • By cash – two machines are available in the café for students to add money to their account simply by presenting their finger to the scanner.

  • By cheque – made payable to Chartwells. This will be accepted by the Catering Manager between 8am and 8-30am only.

There is a daily spending limit in place of £6.00 for each student, (to include breakfast, break and lunch) however on request an individual student limit can be set.

Packed Lunches:

These should be brought to the school in a sealed container and are to be consumed in the café or outside area. All students should respect the environment by ensuring all litter from packed lunches is placed in the bins or taken home.


Free School Meals:

The system works in the same way for all students whether they pay for themselves or have free meals. The amount allocated for a free meal school meal is applied to the student’s daily account (currently £2.41) additional money can be added if parents wish.


Your child may be eligible for Free meals if parents /carers are in receipt of INCOME SUPPORT, ‘INCOME BASED’ JOB SEEKERS ALLOWANCES or CHILD TAX CREDIT (WITHOUT WORKING TAX CREDIT).


Even if your child had a free school meal at Primary School, you will still need to register for a Free Meal.

Registration for Free Meals can be completed online at:

Please ask the admin office for assistance if you do not have internet access.

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