Pupils can buy a freshly prepared hot or cold lunch from the Academy Restaurant. We are proud to offer a wide menu of hot food with dishes inspired by a range of world cuisines. Every day we also have freshly made sandwiches, baguettes, soup, salads, and fruit. All beef and chicken served is Halal. At break and lunch, students can also buy snack food such as fresh muffins or cereal bars. Students consume food within the restaurant, to keep our school environment tidy. We do not permit students to bring in sweets, fizzy drinks or drinks high in sugar. High sugar or caffeine consumption has a negative impact on students’ ability to learn and is detrimental to a healthy lifestyle.

We operate a cashless system in the canteen; students have a lunch card which can be topped up either using the app School Gateway, or with cash in school using the top-up machine. We recommend downloading the School Gateway app to top up your child’s account; it reduces the possibility of lost cash, allows families to set a limit on your child’s spending per day, and track how they are spending their lunch money.

Some families may be eligible for Free School Meals. To apply or see if your child is eligible, please visit the Parents section of The Elms Academy Website. To apply, you need your National Insurance Number to hand and your child’s Date of Birth. Please note, you can only apply once your child is registered with us on the first day.

For students who are eligible for Free School Meals, a hot lunch or sandwich, along with a dessert or drink, will cost £0 each day at lunchtime. If students receiving Free School Meals wish to purchase an additional snack or drink, they must have money on their lunch card. 

School online lunch payment system

We have launched our new online payment system called ‘Schoolgateway’ which will enable you to make instant payments to your son/daughter’s school lunch account, 24 hours a day. You will receive receipts and also be able to see account balances.  Please follow the below link:

If you have any problems creating your account please contact us for assistance:

Free school meals


We encourage all families to apply for Free School Meals, even if they are unsure if they are eligible.
Eligibility can be checked by visiting and completing the online form.

Please speak to the admin office if you have any questions or need help.

Free School Meals

If you are eligible for Free School Meals, please print the evidence and bring this into school as soon as possible.

Free School Meals are available to any full-time student who is still at school and eligible. This includes nursery children who attend full days and also sixth form students. Meals are not available for students at further education level. You can get Free School Meals for your child if you or your partner gets either:

  • Income Support.
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI 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 of £16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches. Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive Free School Meals.


Secure online payment portal for lunch money, school trips and events.

It's the easy way to pay online.


Food Allergies

Please ensure that the school is made aware of any serious allergies by notifying us via email to