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St Andrew's High School has its own In-House Catering department serving meals and snacks at breakfast, morning break and lunch time.

We serve a range of hot and cold snack and while the emphasis is on healthy eating we promote a home cooked approach with family favourites at the centre of our food offer.

The school is cashless and uses the My Child At School (MCAS) payment system (see hyperlink below).

Breakfast consists of hot rolls and baguettes as well as yogurt granolas and fresh fruit. There is also a range of hot drinks on offer.

At break time there is a range of hot snacks as well as sandwiches available, with addition at lunch of a hot main meal with vegetarian alternatives.

Our menu runs on a three week cycle and changes termly and is advertised around the school and can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

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Our Catering staff are always on hand to discuss any particular needs your child may have and our Catering Manager can be contacted easily via the main school telephone number.

A number of our staff, students and visitors have a severe allergic reaction to nut-based products. Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) can occur as a result of digestion, inhalation or any other contact with nut-based products, and can be fatal. For their safety, all nut-based products are banned from the school premises. Please do not send your child into school with any nut-based product for a snack or packed lunch. 


MCAS payment system

St Andrew’s operates a cashless catering and trip payment system (MCAS) that can be used to make a variety of school payments.

Parents can use MCAS to pay for school payments such as: Cashless Catering top ups, and payments for School Trips & Offers.


  • Safer and more convenient; no need to worry about sending cash or cheques

  • View your child's transactions anywhere, at any time

  • Ensure money is being spent on healthy school meals


All students (once parental permission gained) have their finger print scanned upon arrival at the school. Parents and guardians can access the account through their My Child At School account via


Once registered, parents and guardians will be able to top up the account with a set amount using a debit or credit card or set up a one-off or recurring standing order payment directly from a bank account.

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, £2.72 will be applied to their account automatically every school day.


All trips and visits have to be paid for using the MCAS system; the school will no longer accept cash or cheques. When you log in to MCAS, you will see any trips and visits that your child is eligible to attend. Registration and payment for trips can be made online and you will receive an email confirmation of your payment.


The school restaurant provides hot meals, snacks and drinks. Main course and dessert options are available for £2.72 if bought together. Some students may choose to bring a packed lunch to school. Food and drink should be consumed in the supervised areas.

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Free School Meals

Please apply if you are entitled to these.

We are aware that not all students who are entitled to receive free school meals have registered to do so. We wish to ensure that all families with such entitlement have the opportunity to apply to be included in the scheme. 

There are two reasons why it is important that families entitled to this benefit register their claim:-

  • Students receive a daily allowance, currently £2.72, which enables them to purchase a healthy two-course hot lunch or other food. Furthermore, our cashless catering system does not differentiate between a student who pays for their meals and a student on free school meals.

  • All schools receive additional funding from the government based on the number of students who are entitled and have claimed free school meals. We currently receive £955 for each student registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. Just registering your child for free school meals means that the school gets this extra money!  As I am sure you will appreciate, any additional funding available for schools to access is always needed to help
    St Andrew's provide a full and enriched education for all of its students.

You may be able register your child for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits: 

  • 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

  • Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Please click here for the WSCC Free School Meal Application form


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