School Lunches and Packed Lunches
Students are expected to stay in school at lunchtime and either use the school’s catering facilities or bring their own sandwiches in the small dining hall.
Murray Park School has appointed Mellors Catering Services to provide school’s catering services. Mellors are committed to working closely with the school staff and students to improve the quality of food and service on-site. Mellors are currently going through the accreditation process to be awarded ‘Food for Life’ award and their procurement process meets the Silver accreditation for secondary schools.
Both school and Mellors support the ‘5 A Day’ campaign and ‘Eatwell Plate’ to encourage children to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and help them to make realistic informed choices to make sure they are having balanced meals.
Mellors also support the following areas:
|Change For Life|
|Children's Food Trust|
|School Food Plan|
|Public Health England's Childhood Obesity Strategy 2016|
Click Here to take the Murray Park Catering Survey
Click Here to go to the Lunch Menus page
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ParentPay is now live: Find out more about our new online payment system Click Here
Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing some technical issues around meal charges updating into ParentPay, please bear with us whilst technical support is working on this.
Once you have activated your account there are some useful FAQs on the help and support pages which can be accessed via the help link at the top of your login page.
Cashless Card Catering System
At Murray Park anyone who buys food whether at breakfast, break or lunchtime uses a personal plastic swipe card, issued free of charge initially, but a charge of £2.00 will be made for replacement cards lost or damaged. You provide a cheque or banknotes from home in advance and the kitchen staff will credit your card with the amount. Should you want to add further value to your card you can do so using coins or notes at either of the two machines available in school. Cash is not accepted at the till points.
If you would like to pay money onto your son/daughter’s card, they should bring a cheque (with your child’s name and form written on the back of the cheque) or cash into school. Around £12.50 is usually sufficient for each week to buy lunch but extra if they wish to spend at breakfast/break. Please make cheques payable to Mellors Catering Services and write your child’s full name and tutor group on the back of the cheque.
However, your child may already be receiving Free School Meals at their current school he/she attends. To achieve this facility you may have always applied to the Education Office. At Murray Park School we use a different system. We are able to authorise your child’s free meals ourselves. It may only take a small increase in the number of students claiming to have a significant increase in our funding so it is important for the school that parents who are entitled to claim do so. Free School Meals have a direct influence on our school funding.
Students entitled to free school meals have the free meal allowance (currently £2.15 per day) automatically credited to their accounts daily. Although a £2.15 free meal allowance is sufficient for a full meal, you may want to add a little money to your son/daughters card for items not included in the allowance or if they may need to purchase a snack at morning break.
Click Here to see what you need to do to claim Free School Meals