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South Chingford Foundation School

We pride ourselves on our unique environment which equips every student with skills, knowledge and enriching experiences.

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Our catering is provided by Cucina, providing our students with nutritious food using fresh, locally sourced ingredients that meet the recommended food standard for schools.

The price of the meal of the day and the free school meal entitlement is £2.50. In addition to the meal of the day, we have a wide variety of other items that students can choose from including baguettes, sandwiches, salad boxes, fresh fruit and yoghurt pots. Breakfast is available from 8.15 to 8.35 a.m. and hot food is served at both break and lunchtime. As a Healthy School, our menus adhere to high levels of nutritional guidelines.

Please see the below important information re. tariffs:


Tariff, September 2023

Please find below some menu options:

Jacket potato meal deal

Hot and cold deli sub meal deal

Main meal deal

Restaurant menu, September 2023

Cold drinks

Home-baked and sweet treats

Hot drinks

How to pay - online payment cashless catering system

Please note that we operate a cashless system where payments are processed online. Parents/carers have been sent letters with instructions on how to create an online account where, once created, you can check balances for dinner money, school trips and make payments to the school.  You can also use your account for other tasks such as checking your child's meal history and updating contact details. 

If you would like further guidance please contact the main school office.

Biometric registration

We are a 'cashless' school and all students use the cashless system to purchase food and to borrow from the library.  Fingerprints are taken and immediately encrypted; images are not stored, and data protection procedures ensure security.  

Free School Meals

If you think your child is eligible to receive free school meals, you can obtain more information and apply online at  www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/free-school-meals or phone 020 8496 8506/8505 or 020 8496 3000. If you are eligible, please make sure you are registered, as the school will receive additional funding for each child registered for free school meals. The school office will be happy to assist you with your application. Students' free school meals allowances are loaded on to their account daily and may be spent at break or lunch times for food, drinks or snacks.  All children use the same system and go through the same till process.