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School Meals

When children eat better, they do better.

Young people need to eat plenty of foods high in important nutrients to keep them healthy and growing properly, and help them to concentrate on their studies so they can learn more.

Choosing for your child to eat a ‘school meal’ provided by the Academy is a good way of ensuring that they eat healthily. School Meals also provide children with lots of energy-foods, needed to ensure that they can be active enough to keep them physically fit without eating too many foods high in fat and sugar.

Healthy and Nutritious

All the meals provided at the Academy are prepared and cooked on the premises by our Catering Team, using high quality fresh ingredients. Seasonal menus are devised by Chartwells’ nutritionists to ensure meals are healthy and balanced. Students are encouraged to give feedback on their school meals, and their opinions inform menu decisions.

At the beginning of each day, every student has access to a free breakfast, to ensure they are energised and ready to learn. There is also a different lunch menu every day, and students are offered a choice of at least two different hot meals including a vegetarian option, plus there is a selection of cold meals to choose from – such as a salad or a sandwich, roll or wrap, with a choice of fillings. There is a choice of a fruit-juice based drinks, and fresh water is readily available.

Our meals meet the government’s Food Standards, which mean they contain:

  • Important nutrients needed by young people
  • Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables every day
  • Fresh meat and/or fish
  • Lots of wholegrain cereals
  • Low levels of fat and sugar

At the Academy, we use Civica’s Cashless Biometric System to pay for meals.

Chartwells Weekly Menu

Chartwells Tariff

Free School Meals

Approximately 20% of parents are eligible for FREE School Meals for their children, but are not registering to take up this opportunity. Make sure you – and your child – are not missing out!

If you are currently paying for your child’s school meals, you could make a saving of around £350 per year (if you are eligible for Free School Meals for your child). If your child is eligible for Free School Meals and you switch from providing them with packed lunches each day, you could save yourself up to 190 hours per year!

Applying for FREE School Meals has now been made even easier!

Applications for Free School Meals (for students currently attending The Victory Academy) are now administrated directly by the Academy – making it quicker and easier for parents to apply.

There is just one simple ‘Eligibility Form’ to complete.

The information given is checked, and the Academy is able to inform parents within just a few days if they qualify to receive School Meals for their child FREE of any charge (while their child attends the Academy).

All applications are made in the strictest confidence, and all information about Free School Meals is kept totally confidential.


Is your child eligible for FREE School Meals? FIND OUT NOW…

Who to Contact?

If you would like to know more about the eligibility for FREE School Meals, or an Eligibility Form, please contact The Victory Academy FREE School Meals Administrator:

Tel: 0333 360 2140
By post or in person: The Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 5JB