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School Meals


We are pleased to have Aspens as our onsite caterers.

Aspens are experts in school catering and have years of experience when it comes to school food. You can view menus, find out about allergens and read more about their approach on the Trumpington area of their website.

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 

Further information and answers to frequently asked questions about Iris +Pay can be found here on their website.

Free School Meals

Children who are entitled to free school meals can enjoy a main course and dessert or drink. Where at all possible the entitlement should be used at lunch time to ensure children are eating a healthy and substantial meal in the middle of the day. We will welcome your support in adopting this approach. Parents may wish to add to their child’s Student Card should children wish to have an allowance to use for breakfast/break.

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 (as from 1 April 2018) 

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.