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Family Dining

This academic year we continue with the three week menu cycle which includes vegetarian options each day, side dishes, fresh bread (baked on-site every day) and handmade desserts. The full menu can be viewed below.

All students are seated formally at tables for lunch as part of our Family Dining service, and we expect all students to eat the healthy meal provided by the academy. There are vegetables, salads and fresh bread accompanying the meal, followed by a dessert or fresh fruit.

Students are not allowed to bring in their own packed lunch from home, snacks, sweets or crisps. If a student brings in anything forbidden by the academy, items are confiscated and they receive a detention.

Meals cost £2.20 per day, unless you are eligible for Free School Meals, and are paid for online using our payment portal, ParentPay.

Breakfast is offered from 7.45 – 8.15 a.m. This provides an opportunity for students to prepare themselves physically for learning by eating a healthy breakfast and to ensure that they are punctual.

Sample menu

Sample Sixth Form menu

Free School Meals

All students at the academy benefit from a hot meal every day as part of our Family Dining service; this includes students eligible for Free School Meals. To apply, please contact Hackney Learning Trust or download an application form from their website. Follow this link for more information from Hackney Learning Trust.

Pabulum (our catering team)

At Pabulum we are a devoted and dedicated team of food-loving professionals with a passion for creating healthy, nutritionally balanced, delicious school meals. Our vision is to bring passion, incredible ingredients, inspiring chefs, fresh food and smiling faces to hungry pupils.

We feel strongly about educating young people in the need to feed on fresh, wholesome food. Balanced diets and healthy choices help keep classroom concentration levels higher.

We also have a strong ethos on food provenance and ensure that all our produce is as local and as fresh as possible, with over 75% of all our produce sourced from the UK. All our meat is Red Tractor certified, meaning it is all from the UK and can be traced back to the farm. We also hold the Good Egg Award from Compassion in World Farming, for only ever using free-range eggs across our entire business, which are sourced from our happy hens at Fluffett’s Farm in Hampshire.

In order to drive this initiative we have recently refreshed our marketing, including our website, company newsletter, unit marketing campaigns and most importantly our brand. We are also entering the world of blogging and twitter (@Pabulum-Catering), and as always we will update our website news to keep everyone aware of exciting things happening at Pabulum.

If you would like to find out further information about Pabulum, our suppliers or company initiatives then please visit our website www.pabulum-catering.co.uk or call us on 01252 819991.