Independant Catering Limited

The catering is provided by Independent Catering Limited. Each day every student has a wide variety of food and drink options before school, at morning break and at lunchtime, served from the canteen and the Food Cube.

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

Paying for items

The system we use relies upon students using either their Oyster ‘Zip’ cards or a key fob as a form of ID (please order a fob here). The students are required to place the fob/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, please see more details about ParentPay in our "Contact Us" section.

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 they will need to be enrolled. This will happen on their first day at a school.

Setting a Free Low Balance Email Alert

Setting up a low balance alert is really worthwhile. To set up alerts follow these steps:

  1. Log into your ParentPay account

  2. Click the ‘Communications’ tab

  3. Then click ‘Alert settings’ - from here you can choose to receive email alerts

  4. You will need to enter the threshold for balance alerts. For example, if you enter £10.00 as the threshold for Low Balance Reminders you receive an email alert when your child’s balance drops below £10.00

Free School Meal

Free school meals may be provided for your child if you are receiving certain benefits.

The free school meal allowance can only be used to purchase ‘Meal Deals’, please see the details for meal deals in the next section. This ensures that students always get the most for their allowance.

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

Click here for for further details and to apply for Free School meals.

Meal Deal

CAT Secondary Meal Deals.180443034.pdf

Special diets & allergies

Independent Catering deliver a tree nut and peanut free catering operation at Coombe.

Independent Catering deliver a tree nut and peanut free catering operation at Coombe.

The daily menus (see the next section) clearly show which of the 14 main allergens each dish contains, so students can confidently select meals free of any allergens.

If parents have alerted the school to any food allergens these will appear on the till screen when your child purchases a meal. The till operator cannot proceed with the sale until they confirm they have checked that your child's choice of food is free from their allergies. If a child has any concerns about what allergens a food item may contain they must discuss this with any of the Independent Catering Ltd staff. If you want to verify that the correct allergies are listed on the system please contact the school office via email.

If you want to know more about the ingredients in the food or if your child requires a special diet due to a medical condition, please do contact the school who will gladly arrange a meeting with you and the Chef.

The meat in the main meals is halal.

Menus & Tariffs