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Coombes Girls School

Catering at Coombe

Pabulum Catering Ltd provide all the catering at Coombe Girls’ School. They were chosen because the school truly believed that they provided the healthiest food and best value for money available.

The Trust employs a specialist catering consultant to monitor the contract and to ensure that the food served and the catering environment are of the highest quality.

Each day three main meal options are available to students, these all come with a dessert and cost £2.27. The three weekly main meal menu is available on the schools’ website.

There are a huge range of other items that can be purchased throughout the day, ranging from hot street food to salads. A full tariff can also be found on the schools’ website.

All the meat used in the main meals is halal.

Free porridge is available every morning.

Free water is available from jugs in the canteen and from the fountains around the school grounds.

If you have any questions regarding the catering at the school, please contact Ian Bawn, the Trust's Director of Premises and Health & Safety via email on


Free School Meals

Free school meals may be provided for your children if you, as a parent are in receipt of Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, income-related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced on 27 October 2008), the guarantee element of State Pension Credit, support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or receive Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income of less then £16,190.

If you wish to apply for free school meals online or via paper application, please click here.

If you require any further information about Free School Meals, please contact the Information and Advice Centre on 020 8547 5234 or email


Paying for School Dinners

We use a cashless catering system at Coombe. This system has a number of advantages:

  • Students are served much faster, dramatically reducing queuing times.
  • Students are not able to lose dinner money.
  • Parents would know that students were eating healthy foods each day and not spending money on unhealthy food and drink on their journeys to school.
  • Students eligible for free school meals no longer need to queue for lunch tickets before school or at break.
  • Parents/carers have the option to monitor the foods that their children are consuming.

The system we use relies upon students using either their Oyster ‘Zip’ cards or a key fob as a form of ID. The students are required to place the card on a reader at the point of sale. The student’s picture and name then appears on a screen for a till operator to verify. The till operator then selects the items the student wishes to purchase and the appropriate amount is deducted from the student’s account.

There are two ways in which money can be paid into a student’s account:

1.   Online: Using a system called 'Parentpay' parents/carers can top up the account, view the balance and see what their children have been eating.

2.   Paypoint: If parents/carers don’t wish to make payments online the school will issue them with a plastic card that can be taken to any Paypoint store, where a payment can be made.

Before your son/daughter can use this system she will need to be enrolled. This will happen on their first day at a school.

Your ‘Parentpay’ account details are given to parents when your son/daughter starts. This will allow you to top up their account through the secure website and also to see the items they have purchased. You will be able to add funds to their account straight away.

There is a £5.00 per day limit placed on the spending of all students. If you wish this to be altered for your son/daughter it will be possible for us to do so. If for any reason there are ever insufficient funds in your son/daughter’s account, they will be able to claim one meal. The cost of this will be redeemed when the next payment is made. We would always encourage parents/carers to make payments that would cover at least two weeks of meals at a time as this will help to ease the administrative burden.