We currently operate a split lunch time, this means that only half the academy students are on lunch at any one time. Our split lunch has proven popular in recent student voice surveys and has had a positive impact on student behaviour and safety. It enable’s students to be served their lunch quicker and therefore to enjoy a better quality break, creating a positive dining experience for all.
The lunch timings are as follows:
Lunch 1: 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Lunch 2: 1:15pm – 1:45pm
Our senior staff are on duty every lunchtime, as well as our lunchtime supervisors and duty teaching staff, including PE staff who run a range of sports clubs during lunch.
School meals are cooked on the premises by Caterlink, they offer a wide variety of healthy foods, including halal. Sample menus are available at the bottom of this page.
We teach students etiquette at mealtimes and expect them to eat their food sensibly. We entrust in them the privilege of serving themselves, and encourage fruit to be eaten daily.
Our Students also have a great range of choice in food and drinks to purchase at break and lunchtimes, these can be purchased from one of three outlets; the main dining hall, our sports café, or the outdoor grab and go pod.
We ask that glass containers, fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate are not bought into school. We also have pupils at school with nut allergies, therefore we have a ‘nut-free’ policy. Please check foods carefully.
Following COVID-19 restrictions in school, information on breakfast club availability will be shared with parents and carers in due course.
We are fortunate to be working with Magic Breakfast, to ensure that no student starts their school day on an empty stomach. As part of the Magic breakfast scheme we are able to offer to all our students FREE a healthy breakfast to support their concentration and success.
All students are welcome to attend our Breakfast Club which is open from 7.30am to 8.30am every morning. The club is supervised and has lots of games and activities from table football to board games such as Chess and Jumanji. Students are also encouraged to play outside on our outdoor Gym or with the basket balls. Our library is also open from 8am for those who wish to have a quiet place to read or study.
We believe this positive start to the day encourages students to develop a healthier lifestyle as well as supporting friendships and developing communication skills.
Orchard Mead Academy strives to be a ‘cashless’ site. We do not wish for students to carry cash into school to pay for meals or activities. Parents/carers can pay for school lunches, trips and activities via SchoolComms.
Instructions as to how log into your SchoolComms account will be shared with parents/carers before your child starts school. If you top up your child’s card online it will mean that they can buy food from the restaurant using their ID cards and you will be able to see what they have purchased. If you have any questions about this, please contact the school office.
Free School Meals
Here at Orchard Mead Academy we have a number of measures in place to ensure everyone receives an equal opportunity. If a student is receiving Free School Meals, this allows the student to have a free hot or cold meal of their choice at lunchtime. It also means the student will receive other support such as reduced costs for school trips or support with purchasing revision resources.
Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of one of the following:
- Income support
- Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- National asylum seeker support
- 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)
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Working tax credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit.
- Universal credit with annual net earned income of less than £7,400
If a student is eligible, they receive their Free School Meals top-up on their ID card automatically.
Please visit the SchoolComms gateway and take the Pupil Premium Test to see if you qualify. If you qualify we will send you a Free School Meals application form for completion.
Further information on free school meals can be obtained from Leicester City Council.
We would be happy to help you if needed. Please book an appointment through the school’s Office.
The pupil premium is extra funding the government gives to schools to raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. The amount a school receives depends on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals.
Parents are encouraged to register their children for Free School Meals, even if:
- they do not want to eat school meals
- they already receive universal infant free school meals.
This is in order to raise extra money for the school, which can be used towards trip support, learning assistants or after school clubs to support your child’s learning.