The Dining Hall restaurant at Charters is run by Cucina. The restaurant operates on a cashless basis with all transactions being made through the Biometric, fingerprint recognition system and online top ups through Parent Pay. Menus and price lists are available to view at the bottom of this page.
Students who are concerned about potential allergens are encouraged to speak to the Chef who will talk them through the food of the day.
Parents with concerns about allergens are asked to contact Cucina directly to discuss specific issues.
BIOMETRIC INFORMATION AND HOW IT WILL BE USED AT CHARTERS SCHOOL
Biometric information is information about a person’s physical or behavioural characteristics that can be used to identify them as part of an automated recognition system, for example, information from their fingerprint. Please read this letter to see how the school plans to take and use this information from your child’s fingerprint.
Please read our responses to the most Frequently Asked Questions.
The school is working with BioStore Ltd, an experienced provided of biometric systems. Their Data Protection Statement can be read here.
Should you have any queries regarding Biometrics, please contact us.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
For those who qualify for free school meals, Cucina are unique in offering any two items purchased together during Period 3 lunch break, regardless of price. The free school meal allowance does not apply to items purchased outside the lunch break. More details relating to Free School Meals can be found at the bottom of this page.
LOW BALANCE ALERTS
Parents can set low balance alerts on Parentpay to let them know when their child’s lunch balance has fallen below a minimum amount.
Please log into your account in ParentPay> Communication>Alert settings. It’s probably a good idea to check that your registered email remains correct by following the link on the page. Then under Balance Alerts enter the minimum Threshold value for each child against the Dinner Money for Charters School service and tick for email alert.
Email alerts are free, if you would prefer to receive a text alert you will need to top up the Text Message Balance.
Free School Meals
IS YOUR CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS?
Your child may be entitled to free school meals if you or your child receives one of the following:
- Income support
- Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance (IBJSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual income (as assessed by the HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed the income threshold set by the Treasury, currently £16,190
- The ‘Guaranteed’ element of the State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit 'run on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks AFTER they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Please note, parents receiving working tax credit are not eligible.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Students entitled to free school meals are allowed to purchase two different items, regardless of price, for their lunch. The free school meal allowance applies to lunches only and is available during Period 3 lunch break. Purchases made outside of lunch time must be paid for by topping up your child’s account on Parent Pay.
WHY APPLY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS?
- School lunches provide a healthy, nutritious and tasty meal of a main course and pudding (drinks extra)
- Research shows that a school lunch can help concentration levels
- Menus are varied and are available from the school
- Schools may be able to receive additional DfE funding
- Financial assistance may be available for trips or activities directly related to the taught curriculum
HOW CAN I APPLY?
Applications are made online using the Department for Education Eligibility Checking Service (ECS) which allows your eligibility to be checked confidentially online speeding up the application process. You will need to have your National Insurance number to hand to do so.
If you cannot access the online Application Form or need assistance, we can complete the application on your behalf. Please phone the school on 01344 624826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your National Insurance number to hand to discuss.