School Meals

Online Payments with ParentPay

At The Bulwell Academy, we use ParentPay for online payments for school meals, snacks, trips and other items. Students are also welcome to bring a packed lunch and snacks from home if they prefer.

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ParentPay enables you to pay securely online for school meals, trips and other items. For details about the Academy’s cashless system, please see the Useful Links below.

Your ParentPay Account

You will receive your invitation to register for ParentPay when your child begins at the Academy. For new Year 7 students starting in September, you will receive your activation codes during the summer break.

Parents/carers need to ensure their child’s lunch account is topped up so it remains in credit (Low Balance Alert can be set in ParentPay under Communications – Alert Settings).

For ParentPay queries (including login details), please email:

School meals, snacks, packed lunches and refillable bottles

  • Your child may bring a packed lunch and snacks for break times or they may choose to buy their meals and snacks from the Restaurant.
  • All students should bring a refillable bottle to school every day to ensure they stay hydrated. Water stations are available around the school.
  • Payment for school meals and snacks is online only using ParentPay.
  • You will receive your invitation to register for ParentPay when your child starts school (end of summer term for new Year 7s).

Breakfast Club – free for all students

Breakfast Club is available to all students between 8am and 8.20am in the Restaurant, and includes free toast and juice for all students. Hot chocolate is also served on colder days.

Morning Break (15 minutes)

A snack menu is available during Morning Break. This is not included in the Free School Meal Allowance. If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals, please ensure you top up your child’s catering account on ParentPay in order to pay for snacks at break. Students may also bring their own snacks from home.

Lunch Break (30 minutes)

Students may bring a packed lunch from home or can choose from a variety of hot meals, baguettes and sandwiches from the Restaurant. The new menu for September 2023, which operates on a three-week cycle, can be viewed by clicking on the red button below. The Price List is also available below.

In addition to the menu below, there is also a choice of jacket potato on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and pasta pots on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Streateries Menu and Price List

Catering at The Bulwell Academy is provided by Aspens Services.

For more information about what to expect from Aspens’ school food, please scan the QR code or visit their website below:

Special Dietary Requirements

If you need to contact the Chef regarding special dietary requirements, please email the Chef: You can also contact our SENDCo:

Lunch Account Queries

For any issues with your child’s lunch account, ie, queries regarding amount charged or for support with ParentPay, please email: or speak to a member of the School Office.


For any feedback or concerns regarding the school’s catering service, please email:

Free School Meals & Holiday Vouchers

To check to see whether your child is eligible for Free School Meals, please click on the Nottingham City Council link below for details of how to apply. Application forms for Free School Meals are also available from the Academy office.

If your child is eligible, the Pupil Benefits Team will notify us and we will update our records to ensure that your child receives their allowance for Free School Meals.

Each child in receipt of Free School Meals is currently entitled to shopping vouchers during the holidays. Morrisons vouchers were issued for the summer holidays 2023 to the value of £50 per child. These were made available for collection from the Academy on Tuesday 1 August (9am to 3pm) and Wednesday 2 August (9am to 2pm). Any vouchers that were not collected on these dates have been posted to your home address on our system.

For any queries regarding Free School Meals or holiday vouchers, please email the Administration Manager:

New Year 7s starting September 2023

If your child is starting Year 7 in September and is currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM), Pupil Benefits will notify the Academy so that your child’s Free School Meal Allowance is in place for their first day.

How to use the Restaurant (Biometrics)

We use Biometric ID (finger ID) scanning to link students to their payment accounts. Students scan their finger at the till to deduct monies from their account.

Parent/carer consent for use of your child’s Biometric Information will be requested prior to starting at The Bulwell Academy. Please read the Guidance document below for further information.