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Chingford Foundation School


Credit on Dinner Accounts 

Without a credit balance on your child’s dinner account, your child will not be able to have a meal in the Refectory.  In order to ensure your child has access to a meal at lunch, please ensure that you either

a) top up their dinner account using the online catering facilities or
b) give your child a packed lunch.

From September 2017, the meal price will be £2.30.

A totally cashless catering system 

The Finance Office no longer accept cash for dinners.  Payment will need to be made via the online catering facility.   If you do not wish to make use of the online facility, please ensure your child has a packed lunch.

Before your child starts school, you should receive a letter with instructions how to set up an online account. Please click here for a guide offering more help. For information about setting up low balance alerts please click here.

 If you would like assistance with your online account, please contact Mrs Roach in the Finance Office on 020 8529 1853 extn 265.

Breakfast Club – Year 7 pupils 

In 2013, the Leader of Waltham Forest Council promoted within school an initiative to develop free breakfast for all Year 7’s. The aim of the provision was to ensure pupils have the best start possible in their new school and to establish good habits.

Chingford Foundation School took up this offer and now provide our Year 7 pupils access to this provision through the Breakfast Club.  Our Breakfast Club is operated from the Refectory each morning from 8:00am to 8:35am.

The breakfast offer consists of either:

  • A cooked breakfast up to the value of £1.00
  • A snack up to the value of 80p

Pupils can chose from the following selection:

Cooked Breakfast

  • Bacon rolls
  • Pancakes
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Hot Croissants
  • Hash Browns
  • Toast or Crumpets (made to order)
  • Full Monty (4 items from baked beans, hash browns, toast, bacon, sausages)


  • Selection of cereal bars
  • Selection of 100% pure fruit juices (including apple and orange)
  • Snack pack cereal
  • Milk cartons
  • Crackers
  • Mini Baby Bels
  • Fruit pots
  • Water

Pupils can collect their snack from the Refectory each morning and have for breakfast or break.

Remember breakfast club is free to all Year 7’s – please encourage your child to attend.


How to pay for School Lunch 

Before your child starts school, you should receive a letter with instructions how to set up an online account. Please click here for a guide offering more help.

Go directly to Tucasi's website to set up your account using the information supplied by the school.

Please note that your bank statement will display ‘Olive Dining Ltd'.

Information on Olive Dining can be found at


As part of the Government's initiative to provide free school meal vouchers to parents, Chingford Academies Trust have now set up an account via Edenred Compliments Select, to issue supermarket vouchers to families. The scheme has been setup in partnership with the Department for Education and Edenred UK for you to quickly and easily access free school meals vouchers. 



How does it work?


If your child is entitled to free school meals, you will be issued an ‘eCode’ by email (a 16-digit number with a value attached). Remember to check your 'junk' box if you cannot locate your eCode in your emails.  You can then go online to redeem the eCode against a choice of eGift cards (a digital gift card delivered via email) which currently includes the following food retailers:













M&S food


It is important that you contact us at if you have not already done so with a valid email address for the release of your vouchers. Vouchers are valid for one month so please ensure you use them within the specified time frame.


We have uploaded onto the website a Parents Frequently Asked Questions.  A copy of which can be found below.   Please read this carefully as it will answer any questions you may have regarding your vouchers.

We will advise on free school meals payments that have been processed to date via the website.


Free School Meals Vouchers Payments to date:

23rd March 2020 - 3rd April 2020         £30.00        Processed - Paid 14.04.2020

6th April 2020 - 1st May 2020                £60.00        Processed - Payment Pending



Use of Biometric Data 

PDF icon Consent for use of Biometric Data Letter

PDF icon Protection of Biometric Data (Document from Department of Education)

Free School Meals

If your child is entitled to free school meals then their card will be charged to the value of a free school meal for each day. This means that no student will have to use a different system for free school meals and ensures that they do not feel that they are singled out when using our catering facilities.

Under government funding rules Chingford Foundation School will receive £935 additional funding for each child registered for Free School Meals, and we encourage all parents to claim if they think their child may be eligible. This will generate much needed revenue for the school and will be used to support your child’s education. Qualification criteria can be found at where you can also fill in an online application form. Please ring Ms Roach in the Finance office on extension 265 if you need assistance with applying for free school meals.





New Food Standards Information  

The EU’s New Food Information Regulation (FIR) came into force on 13 December 2014.
Attention is drawn to the following links: