Meals and Snacks

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Food provided throughout the day in the Academy meets the Governments nutritional guidelines and within the curriculum all young people learn about balanced nutrition and techniques and methods to produce healthy meals.


Morning Break – 10.45am – 11.00am

Students can purchase a variety of snacks for example; cereal bars, fruit, yoghurts and drinks.

These are available in the student bubbles each day.


Lunch – 1.00pm – 2.00pm (2 sittings)

We have on offer daily:

  • paninis
  • sandwiches
  • soup of the day
  • salad
  • specials daily snack i.e. burger, pasta pot, baguettes, wraps, pizzas
  • fruit pots, yoghurts, biscuits and a variety of cakes
  • Variety of drinks


We offer a daily meal deal that costs £2.40 for 3 items i.e. main, dessert and a drink.



 We do not provide -

  • drinks with added sugar, crisps, chocolate or sweets in school meals or vending machines
  • more than 2 portions of deep-fried, battered or breaded food a week

This is all part of our health promotion as well as recognising that ‘good nutrition helps learning’.


Allergy Information

If you know of any specific ingredients and products that may cause your child to have allergenic reactions, please inform the catering team who will advise them of product content and specific allergens with our dishes.


Cashless Catering

We are a cashless school and all payments for school meals must be made this way.

The restaurant system uses biometric technology. By taking a fingerprint image, a student’s account can be created as an alpha-numeric code and accessed by them using a finger at a till or at a balance checker. The alpha-numeric information that is stored cannot be used to recreate an image of the student’s fingerprint so that fingerprint images cannot be used by any other source for identification purposes.

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This system is beneficial because it prevents the loss and misspending of school dinner money, promotes healthy eating and the process of paying for school meals is more convenient.

We would be grateful if you would complete the relevant permission sheet within your pack giving authorisation for your child’s fingerprint image and photograph to be taken in school for use with the cashless system.


Free School Meals

Bolton Council has a duty to provide free schools meals, which comply with national nutritional standards, to eligible students. The Council also has a scheme to help families buy essential school clothing.

  • You can get free school meals and school clothing allowance if your child attends a local authority maintained school (not private) and you receive one of the following:
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit only with an annual income of less than £16,190
  • Pension Credit - Guarantee Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

To be eligible for school clothing allowance the child must be in year seven or nine.

You do not need to make a separate claim for free school meals or school clothing allowance if you are already in receipt or have applied for housing benefit or help with your council tax. We will use the information and evidence you have already provided to confirm your entitlement to free school meals and school clothing allowance.

Information from Bolton Council website (26/04/16)

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Every student at BSCA has a unique account on SCO where parents & guardians are able to pay for trips, clubs, and dinners. A letter should be issued for new students that provides a code that will enable parents/carers to register an account for each student. Parents/carers must download and register with the app to enable them to add monies to their child's account.

To activate the portal, simply enter the student code from the letter into the SCO app or at and follow the registration steps.

  • Primary students will have access to clubs and trips only.
  • Secondary and 6th Form students will have the options for dinners and trips.

Please note: only selected trips will be made available on-line.  Please refer to the guidance offered on trip advisory letters as to how to make payment.

Once the portal is active, you will see the current balances for the student as relate to dinners, trips, and clubs.  You can even set-up alerts that will remind you when the funds are low or payments are due!

Should you have more than one student at BSCA, it is possible to link them all into one portal for yourself.  To do so, you simply log-in with the code for the first student, select menu and manage accounts, and then link accounts.  This step will open a window where you can then enter the additional student code to be linked under a single log-on for yourself.

In the event that you require a re-issue of the code, please contact to do this.  Additional codes can also be provided for other adults (family members etc.,) to access and top-up the student accounts – this will simply add onto the student account. and there is no option to withdraw funds.

A number of FAQs and guides are available on the SCO website that offer detailed guidance on the registration process, as well as how you can set-up automatic payments to add funds etc.

Parent Guide - Managing your Account

Parent Guide - Making Payments

Parent Guide - Recurring Payments