Ordering and payments
At Ark Greenwich Free School we offer a range of food and drinks for students to purchase at lunch time. You can send your child in with a packed lunch or they can eat a meal from our canteen.
The kitchen offers a variety of options at lunch time where we have a tasty and nutritious selection of sandwiches, pasta pots, main meals (including vegetarian), with salad available every day. Menus are served on a three week rota and are reviewed termly.
A vegetarian option is always available and the kitchen is usually able to cater for special dietary/medical needs if given advance notice – please contact the school office so we can help you organise this if necessary.
Scholars have access to free drinking water from the water fountains during transitions, lunch and before and after school. We recommend that your child bring a water bottle to use at school.
Unless you are eligible for free school meals, each meal costs £2.35 and consists of one of the following:
- Meat/Vegetarian main meal, plus a dessert or carton drink
- Pasta Pot, plus a dessert or carton drink
- Sandwich/baguette, plus a dessert or carton drink
Additional items may be purchased.
There are two ways to pay for school meals. We have a cash loading machine in the school foyer for scholars to top up their account at lunch time or online payments can be made via WisePay, meaning your child will not have to bring cash into school. Topping up your account online is the recommended option.
We have a £5 per day spending limit in order to ensure students do not take their account rapidly into debt without parents being aware. Please note that meals are not issued unless credit is available on a student’s account, and also that we do not allow students to purchase items for their peers.
Please note the following food and drinks are banned and will be confiscated if found:
- Crisps and biscuits
- Sweets and chewing gum
- Fizzy drinks and energy drinks of any description
- Any other food or drink deemed unsuitable
Applying for free school meals
If you are not already in receipt of Free School Meals and you receive certain benefits you may be eligible to receive school clothing grants, school journey grants and Free School Meals. The pupil benefits team at the Royal Borough of Greenwich will work out the support you will receive.
To apply please use the link here.
If you are already in receipt of Free School Meals, you will not need to re-apply, however please ensure you tick the required box on our Online induction form.