Caterlink's Fresh Food Policy at Fareham Academy
90% of all the ingredients we use are fresh to ensure students have the opportunity to get a significant proportion of their daily nutritional intake from their School Meal.
Our Caterlink Fresh Food Policy surpasses the new government guidelines set by the School Food Trust. This legislation tells us what we can and cannot sell to the pupils in terms of food and drink.
The daily menu consists of one main course, a vegetarian option, a pasta bar with a choice of healthy sauces, jacket potatoes with fillings and a delicious variety of salad boxes, homemade rolls, sandwiches and filled baguettes which are made fresh every day. There is also a range of delicious hot and cold desserts focusing on fresh seasonal fruit.
Our drinks are fruit juice based with a fizz of spring water and the healthy break time snacks are homemade daily from fresh ingredients, sourced locally.
We use plenty of innovative ideas including ‘Special Days’ and ‘Seasonal Menus’.
The Kitchen is led by our Chef Manager, Lou, who is always on hand to listen to the students’ needs and suggestions. Lou and her team will always come up with new ideas to keep meal times enjoyable and fun.
Fareham Academy Canteen is open during break and lunchtime and will be only offering a selection of takeaway food.
When a student joins Fareham Academy, a canteen account is created for them. Parents and students can add to the value of their child's account by electronic transfer over the internet via ParentPay however, we do have an onsite top up machine available.
The canteen account must be kept in credit at all times and students can check their balances easily.
Students entitled to Free School Meals will have their daily allowance (currently £2.40) added to their account every morning. Any unused Free School Meal allowance will be removed from the account as soon as lunchtime is over.
When the canteen is open, students choose their meals & snacks and take the items to the till points where they are identified by way of biometric fingerprint recognition technology. The till point then electronically shows the till operator a photo of the student as confirmation of identity and the student then purchases their meal, as long as they have enough money in their account to cover the cost of the items selected.
Please be aware that there is a £5 a day spending limit on all biometrics accounts. This means that your child can only spend up to £5 per day even if more funds are available. Thank you for your co-operation.
Allergies and Intolerance
We are committed to working in partnership with our catering provider and providing meals for children needing special diets for medical requirements where possible. It is the student's responsibility to inform the catering team if they have an allergy.
Caterlink work closely with their suppliers and aim to be as accurate as possible, but it must be noted that they can only be guided by the information the suppliers provide, similar to the process of a parent catering for a child’s special diet.
It is essential that all parties concerned work together when providing a safe diet and that this is reviewed with every menu change, therefore if your child has an allergy, please complete the 'Allergy and Intolerance Form' and return it to the school reception to be passed on to the catering provider.
Free School Meals
I think I’m eligible for free school meals – what should I do?
You can check your eligibility for Free School Meals, and make an application by visiting the following webpage:
You will be told immediately if your application has been successful, and shortly afterwards you will appear on a list provided to the school by Hampshire County Council - once we receive this notification, we will liaise with the canteen to make sure everything is set up for you.
My child is joining from another school – what should I do?
When a student transfers to us from another school, the transferring school confirms their Free School Meals status, and no action is required on your behalf.
Fareham Academy checks eligibility for Free School Meals against information provided by Hampshire County Council to confirm eligibility. If the transferring school has marked a student as eligible when they are not on this list, we will contact Hampshire County Council in the first instance, and if they cannot find evidence of a qualifying application, we will contact you and advise you to complete an application.
Please be advised that unfortunately ParentPay does not give a decreasing balance on your child’s account at present. Students have been asked to check their accounts on a regular basis and inform parents of their running total. We are in the process of rectifying this with ParentPay.
Please note that all online payments need to be topped up before 11:00am or this will not appear on your child’s account until the following day.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
How do I credit my child's school meal balance?
Navigate to www.parentpay.com and log in.
Select the Pay for <child’s name> meals button with the symbol to credit your child’s school meal balance.
Complete the amount you wish to pay (within the minimum and maximum defined by your school).
Select Add to basket.
Select View basket and pay.
Review the order summary details and either:
Select Pay now (please note that the amount you are required to pay will be reduced by any credit you have in your Parent Account balance). Complete the secure checkout. You will be given a final opportunity to review your purchases prior to committing your card payment.
Select Pay using Parent Account (if you have sufficient funds in your Parent Account balance).
You will receive an onscreen notification when you have completed your payment