Family Service: our special lunch arrangement

We are strongly committed to adopting healthier catering practices and to encourage healthy and balanced eating. The academy prides itself on its unique lunch arrangement called Family Service which many other schools and academies all over the country are now adopting.

Our Family Service lunch means that students dine together in small groups encouraging them to cooperate and socialise together. By only offering one choice for lunch we also reduce the amount of food wasted and ensure that every student has a healthy meal.

Lunches are prepared and provided by our own highly qualified chefs and kitchen staff. All of our food is prepared and cooked from fresh produce on the premises everyday. 

All students dine from our set main meal which is designed to conform to the Governments’ healthy eating commitment and supports our healthy living philosophy. The menu is posted on to our Parent Portal each week. Packed lunches are not allowed and no food or drink other than still water and fruit are to be brought into the academy. Students stay on site during lunch time in order to ensure they remain in a safe environment during the day.

Lunch costs £2.20 per day, £11 per week. All payments for lunches must be paid in advance by week, month or semester. Students are expected to have 100% attendance therefore parent/carers will be charged for the academy lunch every day. The only exception is during planned work experience in Year 10 and while students are out of the academy on educational residential trips. If your child is fasting for religious reasons a letter must be received at least two days in advance (for the month of Ramadan - 2 weeks in advance) in order not to incur lunch charges.   

Lunch payments can be made through our online payment system Parentpay (www.parentpay.com). This is available to all parents and is a quick and easy method of payment available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

If you are having difficulty paying your child’s lunch account please contact the academy immediately to arrange a payment plan. Outstanding balances on your child’s accounts may result in your child forfeiting academy subsidised rewards trips and places at Y13 prom/ Y11 end of year celebration.

If you need any further advice or assistance please contact the academy's central office on 0207 275 1500.

Inspection date: 06 June 2019

We review our suppliers regularly to ensure they conform to the high standards of the academy and maintain our excellent service. Following on from our 5 star grading by the Food Standards Agency, we have now increased our minimum standards to state that all meat and poultry providers must have a minimum of a 4 star EHO rating. As part of our continuous drive to maintain these high standards, whilst also serving over 1000 meals per day for just £2.20 per person, we also review our suppliers.

At the academy our meat is certified Halal supplied by The Middlesex Meat Company.

Requesting adjustment to lunch charges

If you prefer to download and print the form on the left please click the link below. Completed forms should be sent to accounts@petcheyacademy.org.uk at least 2 weeks in advance.

Request form for adjustment to lunch charges