Students at Park Academy West London are entitled to free school meals if you as parent or carer are in receipt of the following benefits:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (IBJSA)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided that the annual income is less than £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) and you are NOT in receipt of Working Tax Credit
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Research shows that benefiting from a healthy breakfast and lunch can improve students’ diet and also improves concentration, alertness, comprehension, memory and learning. Students who are eligible for free school meals are also able to attend Breakfast Club and select a breakfast from a wide range of hot and cold choices. Breakfast Clubs run from 7:30 – 8:15am each morning.
Simple to Apply
We actively encourage all families entitled to free school meals to make a claim, however we know that it can be both daunting and difficult to find the required evidence, bring it into the Academy for copying and wait for your paperwork to be returned. Some parents or carers are not even sure if they are entitled to free school meals, so they don’t apply.
In order to reduce the burden of evidence on our students’ parents and carers, and encourage as many as possible to apply, we have introduced a simple process.
The Free School Meals application form can be downloaded from the bar below. Please complete the form and return it to Park Academy’s Student Services. Don’t forget to include your National Insurance Number.
We will process the application on our behalf and will confirm your eligibility with a simple ‘Entitled’ or ‘Not Entitled’. If any applications are returned to us as ‘Not Entitled’ we will inform you immediately. No other information is provided to the Academy and your details remain confidential.
The application lasts for one year; however it is your responsibility to let us know if your circumstances change during the year.
Park Academy West London’s restaurant service is run by Cucina.
Unlike most caterer’s, Cucina take a hands on approach to ensure there is something on the menu for everyone. As educators, we want students to eat better. Our Executive Chefs run a three week menu cycle to ensure no day is ever the same. Cucina is jam packed with real foodies. Our belief is to bring restaurant-quality food into schools. We don’t operate canteens, food halls or cafeterias; our outlets are all proper restaurants, with everything implied by that. Park Academy has its own trained chef and all of Cucina’s meals are cooked from ‘scratch’ starting with fresh ingredients…many of which are locally sourced.