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Booking Hot Meals (Primary)

Hot Lunches 

The hot lunches are available to book via the School Gateway (more information is available here).

  • There is a two-day lead time (this does not include weekends or bank holidays); so for example bookings for Monday must be completed by Wednesday.
  • Our kitchen only prepares food for confirmed orders. All meals are freshly prepared.
  • If you do not book a meal for your child please provide them with a packed lunch.
  • Refunds or late additions will not be made to any bookings.
  • Any child without a booking or a packed lunch, a parent will be called to provide a packed lunch for that day. 

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are all entitled to a universal free school meal. Although these do not need to be paid for you are still required to book a lunch for your child via the School Gateway.

All children who are in 3-6 will be charged.

This service is only available for Primary pupils; Secondary students must continue to use Edulink and Parent Pay.

Please can you ensure that any questions or issues are emailed through to the avaprimary@theacademy.me address, please do not reply to the School Gateway emails as that mailbox is not manned currently. 

Free School Meals (Primary & Secondary)

Parents/carers in receipt of various benefits may be entitled to Free School Meals because of their family circumstances. We would request that all parents who think they may be eligible, contact the school office and complete the application form below, even if their child will not be taking school meals; as a successful free school meals application will also mean that the school will receive Pupil Premium funding which can then be used to improve provision in class and to support learning in other ways.  Requests for free school meals/pupil premium are treated confidentially and dealt with discretely and sensitively.  

Secondary Pupils

Parents of pupils in the secondary school phase, who are not eligible for free school meals and who would like their child to have a school meal on an occasional or regular basis, must pay for their child's meals in advance through the ParentPay portal (link below) by selecting Aylesbury Vale Academy School Meals.  Once their Parentpay account is in credit, pupils make their own choice about which meal they would like on the day on which the meal is taken. 


Click on image to access the ParentPay login page.

Packed Lunch

Parents who prefer their child to bring a packed lunch to school, are requested to ensure that food is brought in a sturdy container and that drinks are in secure, unbreakable flasks.  Containers should be clearly named!  All packed lunches should contain a sandwich or suitable alternative and fruit and should not include sweets or fizzy drinks.  For further advice on packed lunches please consult your child’s class teacher or learning support assistant.