The college’s on site caterers are Catering Academy, an independent catering company that has built a reputation for bringing innovative solutions to a wide range of catering and ancillary services. Formed in 2004 by Louise Wymer and Kevin Cannon, the company operates nationally and works with a significant number of clients in the education industry.

They are proud to provide the catering services at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology and offer a fresh, innovative professional catering service to students and staff.  Jane, the catering manager, and her team are happy to receive comments and suggestions to ensure their bespoke catering offer meets the needs of their customers.

All catering purchases are made using a Cash Free Smartcard (Student Card). This dramatically speeds up payment for food, reduces queuing, therefore increasing the time students have to enjoy their breaks.There is no cash taken in the café.

All students are issued with a Student Card. This is also used to gain access to the college, to register in and out and can also be used on the college bus.

Putting money on the card

Parentmail +Pay
By far the best way to put money onto your child’s account is by online top up through +Pay. All families are added to Parentmail and once the account is verified online payments can be made.

Debit/Credit Card
Students can top up using their own debit/credit card at reception. There is also a balance checker near the cafe.

*Parkside Federation is now a cashless Academy – you should not bring cash on to the school site.

What happens if a card is lost?

If a card is lost, misplaced or stolen the cardholder will need to immediately report the loss to the college. The card will then be disabled and a replacement card issued. The college may levy a charge in respect of this.

Free School Meals

Where at all possible the entitlement should be used at lunch time to ensure children are eating a healthy and substantial meal in the middle of the day. We will welcome your support in adopting this approach. Parents may wish to add to their child’s Student Card should children wish to have an allowance to use for breakfast / break.

Did you know that just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the college gets extra money? 

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their best. The funding is called ‘Pupil Premium’. For every child registered for this, the college gets an additional £935 per year to support their progress.

If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also apply for assistance with the cost of

  • Music Tuition
  • School Trips
  • School Trips Abroad

How does it work?

  • First check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below.
  • Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify contact Student Services who will help you register or alternatively log on to the Cambridgeshire County Website, details further down the page.
  • If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (save around £400 a year), extra benefits and the school gets £935 extra.
  • If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered the school still gets £935 extra.

Do you qualify?

You can register 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 V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have
    an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four
    weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

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

Applying for Free School Meals Online – Either at home or come to Student Services and we will help you apply online using a college computer.

Applying for free school meals online is quick and easy, and no proof of entitlement is needed. On receipt of the online application, Cambridgeshire County Council will check for entitlement through a secure Electronic Checking System. All that is needed is the claimant’s National Insurance number, their child’s details and details of their child’s schools.

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