School Meals


The school’s catering service is provided by Taylor Shaw, caterer of choice for thousands of secondary school students across the UK.  

Taylor Shaw believe lunch is an integral part of the school day. When students sit down with friends, they cement relationships, enhance social skills, and replenish both their body and mind.  

Menus are exciting, nutritious, and appealing, served in a supportive environment designed to educate students about how they can make healthy choices to support their wellbeing and improve their ability to focus.  

Freshly prepared menus meet the Government’s School Food Standards and meet the bronze Food for Life standards.     


Summer 2024

Healthy Eating Promotion  

Good nutritional choices are vital to students’ health, academic achievement, and wider performance at school. Our Healthy Swaps campaign encourages the uptake of healthier items by providing suggestions for more nutritious options that are readily available.   

Theme Days  

Keep an eye out for regular Theme Days and Pop Ups featuring fantastic flavours for students to try including Taste of Greece, May The Fourth Be With You and Veganuary! 

Allergen Management  

At Taylor Shaw, all colleagues are trained and up to date with allergen procedures and will provide accurate allergen information to your child. If your child has allergies, we would ask that they speak to catering staff for information so that they can be provided with the information they need to make an informed and safe choice. 

Eating a School Lunch is Better for Your Child 

Did you know only 1% of packed lunches meet the nutritional standards that currently apply to school food?  Five reasons school lunches are better;   

  1. They save time & money 

  1. They’re nutritionally better than a packed lunch  

  1. They promote a varied diet & encourages new tastes 

  1. They support inclusivity, dining with friends  

  1. They help academic attainment by being linked to improved concentration 


Iris +Pay Lunch Cards

All catering purchases are made using a Lunch Card which is issued to all students. This dramatically speeds up payment for food, reduces queuing, therefore increasing the time children have to enjoy their breaks. There is no cash taken in school.

All families are added to Iris, so that they can put money onto their child’s Lunch Card account online through Iris +Pay.

To order a replacement lunch card, please speak to the Front Office or email tru-enquiries@trumpingtoncc.org.uk 

To log into Iris +Pay please visit https://pmx.parentmail.co.uk/#core/login 

Free School Meals

Children who are entitled to free school meals can enjoy the new FSM Meal Deal; a snack at breaktime (up to the value of £1) and a meal and drink at lunchtime. We welcome your support in adopting this approach to ensure children have a snack in the morning and  healthy and substantial meal in the middle of the day. Parents may wish to add to their child’s Student Card should children wish to have an allowance to purchase any extra items.

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

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their best. The funding is called ‘Pupil Premium’. For every child registered for this, Trumpington gets an additional £955 per year to support their progress.

If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also apply for assistance with the cost of

  • Music Tuition
  • School Trips
  • School Trips Abroad

Eligibility Criteria 

Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following: 

  • Income Support 
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance 
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Child Tax Credit - but no element of Working Tax Credit - and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)) that does not exceed £16,190 
  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit 
  • Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week 
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400

Students can also register for Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves. Come and talk to us at Student Services and pick up an application form or apply online. 

How does it work? 

  • First check the list above to see if you qualify and you can visit the Cambridgeshire County Council Website for more information if needed

  • Apply online via Cambridgeshire County Website here or you can come to Student Services and we will help you apply. Alternatively there is an application form you can use if you prefer. Applying for free school meals online is quick and easy, and no proof of entitlement is needed. On receipt of your application, Cambridgeshire County Council will check for entitlement through a secure Electronic Checking System. All that is needed is the claimant’s National Insurance number, their child’s details and details of their child’s schools. 

  • If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (save around £400 a year), extra benefits and the school gets £955 extra funding 

  • If you don’t want your child to have the free school meals they continue as normal; as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £955 extra.