The School Catering service provides hot and cold meals. 

For safeguarding purposes, your child must stay on the school site at break and lunch time.  We have a range of food options available for students in school, including vegetarian and vegan options. At break time, students can purchase snacks and drinks, this allows them to have a break from academic study and feel re-energised for their remaining lessons. At lunchtime, students can choose from hot and cold

food options. We have a hot meal counter, pasta bar and salad bar. We really encourage students to have a healthy nutritious meal at lunchtime as this can have a positive impact on their learning and wider health. If students chose to bring packed lunches, we would encourage healthy choices to be made. Students should bring a refillable water bottle to school (filled up at home). We have water jugs available in the halls to allow students to refill their bottles at break and lunch. Energy drinks are banned in school – the high levels of caffeine can be detrimental to the health of students. We strongly encourage all parents/carers to plan healthy meals with their children, encouraging them to make healthy choices.

The Canteen

The canteen serves hot and cold snacks at break time. At lunchtime, students can chose from a hot meal, sandwiches, salads, pasta, baked potatoes and drinks.

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Payment for our Lunches can be made via School Gateway.

Cafe VI

Cafe VI is our popular on site cafe for Sixth Form students and staff. The cafe serves freshly made sandwiches, baked potatoes, scones, tray bakes and fantastic freshly ground bistro coffees and hot drinks. See the menu here:

School Gateway

School Gateway is used to help parents stay informed on what is happening at school.

You can view the following information:

  • Inform school of unexplained/future absences
  • View achievements
  • Check contact details
  • View contact details of parents and carers that school holds for your child
  • View details of medical conditions that the school has on record
  • Send and receive messages
  • Make payments for trips and school lunches
  • Confirm places on school trips
  • Student timetable

Download the app

Activating your School Gateway account is quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.

If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS you can message the school for FREE – this will also save the school money when we send you a text message.

Visit the School Gateway website and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.

Difficulty logging in?

There are useful hints and tips on the School Gateway website Alternatively please contact:

Free School Meals

Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?

The Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.   

For every child registered as Pupil Premium The King Edward VI School gets £935. This additional money is used to provide additional resources and staffing to support Pupil Premium students. More details can be found on our website.

If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get help with the cost of uniform, equipment and school trips. Please register to make sure your child does not miss out.

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, even just for one day, it could entitle them, in the future to the Post 16 Bursary. This is a regular weekly payment made to students to support them in Sixth Form or College. Being in receipt of FSMs currently, or at any point in the previous six years would also support students accessing many Widening Participation schemes with Universities; this can include reduced entry criteria and/or bursaries.

How does it work?

  • First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please visit to view eligibility criteria
  • Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact our Inclusion Officer, Amanda Gilholm on 01670 515415 who will help you to register
  • If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime we will top up your School Gateway lunch account each week saving you more than £350 a year
  • If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £935 extra which is used to improve your child’s education

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.  Please talk to us about registering your child.