Cafe & Lunchtime

While your son or daughter is at Calthorpe Park we hope they will enjoy using our School Café at break time and for lunch. I am sure you will agree that it is important that children eat a nutritional meal during the day. Whether they bring in a packed lunch or buy food from the Café, we expect them to be properly “fueled up” ready for learning later in the day. Breakfasts and morning break Café services are available too.

Pabulum, a local company which operates our catering service, is pleased to provide a sample main meal for each new student, during the first week or two next term, free of charge. Information about how to collect this free meal will be provided in September. A “main meal”, including a desert, is currently just £2.10. This is fantastic value bearing in mind the nutritional content and quality of ingredients which is all part of the Pabulum promise.

We use a pre-pay cashless system which uses a biometric (thumb recognition) procedure instead of cards.  The Café staff do not accept cash across the counter.

Cheques must be made payable to “Pabulum Ltd”, with name of the student and the daily spend limit written clearly on the back and handed directly in to the Café. For top-ups during term time, cheques presented to the Café staff:

• by 9:15am will be processed for same-day top-up for lunch purchases

• after 9:15am will be processed for next-day top-up.

Coins – Students who have an extra few pounds to spend in the Café may top up their account using the coin top-up machine in the corridor outside the Café. This can be done at any time outside lessons. £1 coins are the best for this. There is no facility to accept £5, £10 or any other value notes.

You can pay for your child's lunch online by registering with ParentPay. We recommend this method as it saves students carrying cash in school and they don't need to queue up during break to top up at the machine. With ParentPay you are able to see what they are eating and how much they are spending, plus you can opt to receive an alert when their balance is low.
If you would like to register for this service, please contact Mr Brand for an activation code ( before visiting to set up your account.