Catering & Lunch Menu

Menus at Café Beech and Sixth Form

New School Food Standards guidance came into effective in January 2015, and we are pleased to confirm that our menu from our Catering Provider, Chartwells, for the current Academic Year 2020/2021 complies with these regulations. Beacon Academy operates a cashless catering system at Café Beech and therefore we are not able to accept cash at the tills in Café Beech. Cash is still accepted at the Sixth Form Centre. For up to date prices please see the Meal Tariff for the academic year 2020/2021.

Cashless Catering with ParentPay

In recognition of the busy lives that families lead and the preference for using online services, Beacon Academy operates a cashless system for catering and other Academy items using ParentPay. This includes school meals, educational trips, exam re-sit fees, and booking and payment for Academy performances. ParentPay offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available. ParentPay accounts can be topped up online and parents can also check balances, view historic transactions and account statements.

All parents are provided with a secure online account, activated using a unique set of activation codes. You will be prompted to change these and to keep them safe and secure as your username and password for future logins. If you have more than one child at a ParentPay school (even multiple ParentPay schools) it is possible to combine the accounts to create one set of login details for all children by clicking the “Add a Child” option from within your account.

Students are issued with a six-digit PIN number which they will use to purchase meals in the Café. Students need this PIN to add funds to their account and to buy food. Students should keep this PIN number secure; they should memorise this or put it in their mobile phone or planner as a reminder. At the till point the canteen staff can see the student’s photograph to verify their identity. Certain data will be held on the system to enable accurate operation. This includes the student’s name, class, photo, account balance and meal entitlement. This data is handled under the guidelines of the Data Protection Act and is only used by parties directly involved with the implementation of the system.

Parents of our new Year 7 students will receive a letter in the summer holidays providing details of their ParentPay account activation codes with a unique username and password. Making a payment is straightforward and ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments to view at a later date; no card details are stored in any part of the system. Once you have activated your account you can make online payments straight away.

Students can check their balance and use notes or coins (except 1p and 2p coins) to top up their account at the revaluation machines located in the Student Support Corridor and in Café Beech. Instructions are available at the machines and staff are available to induct students in the use of the machines at the beginning of the academic year.

A daily maximum spend of £5 has been set for all students - no food above that limit can be bought.

If students have a specific food allergy or are diagnosed diabetic, this medical information can be coded into the system, preventing foods with allergy ingredients from being served to a particular student.

If students are entitled to a free school meal their account will be credited daily with the amount allocated for a free school meal. Please visit our Pupil Premium page for information about eligibility for free school meals. Students can choose to spend more than the value of the free school meal up to the £5 limit, using funds in their account if additional money has been credited. Please note that credit for any under-spend or missed meal will not be carried forward to the next day.

If you experience problems accessing your ParentPay account, please contact our Finance Department on 01892 603035 or email

Breakfast Club

A breakfast club is available in Café Beech from 8:00-8:30am; this is unsupervised.