Autumn Term 2023-24 Academy Catering Information

Please find new information below from Caterlink regarding our Academy Catering for the Autumn Term 2023-24, including new Menus, Price Tariff and Meal Deal offers for items sold at break and lunchtimes.

FSM Information – For all students who are in receipt of Free School Meals, please remember that their £2.40 daily allowance will automatically be added to their account at the beginning of every lunchtime. Please note that this allowance can only be spent on the day that it is issued and does not carry over to any other days or sessions.

Polite Reminder – FSM allowance can only be used at lunchtime sessions (not break time) to purchase food and drink. However, hot buttered toast is available free of charge for all students in receipt of Free School Meals every break time. Any other items purchased at break time or at lunchtime if their £2.40 allowance is exceeded, must be purchased independently.


Caterlink is delighted to be working in Partnership with Workington Academy and would like to tell you about us and our catering services.

We love food and hope you will love what we provide for you at your school.

We embrace natural ingredients, love seasonal produce, and develop ethical trading with many of our suppliers. Our meat, fruit & vegetables and bakery is all sourced from suppliers as near to the school as we can. Our menu meets the SILVER Food for Life Standard.

Our menus are refreshed every term to ensure we reflect the changing seasons and trends from the high street. 95% of all our food is freshly prepared from scratch on site by our team, so if you have a fantastic recipe you would like us to consider, come and talk to us at any time you visit the facilities.

Look out for our special offers and promotions throughout the year! We are also proud to say all our meals are nutritionally compliant the Government Standards for Food Served in Schools.

You can find out more about us on our website

Parent Pay


Caterlink offers a cashless system for payment service to pay for food in school. This provides an alternative method of payment for parents who wish to use the internet.

There are many advantages this system offers. The system will deliver a more efficient, faster service whilst offering you the opportunity to top up student accounts online.

Parent Pay and School Meals Service

For your convenience and to assist in the administration of the service the payment ‘top up’ methods available are ParentPay or cash (at the revaluation terminal points).

There are still other payment methods you can use such as:

  • Cash should you wish your child to continue to bring ‘dinner money’ into school, the facility for accepting cash payments for the day or a number of days will, of course, always be available. However, all cash will have to be entered into the system prior to purchasing a lunch, by using the automatic cash revaluation terminals. These machines are programmed to accept notes and coins (not 5p, 2p or 1p). Please note that no cash can be accepted at the food counter ‘Till Point’.

The amount of money you ‘top up’ will be added your child’s lunch account and money spent on food will be deducted from the system. Pupils can always check their balance by using the revaluation terminals. We are also able to provide you with a report detailing each item of food served, each credit made to the system, for any time period and show a current balance.

How to Sign Up for Parent Pay

For all new pupils, an ‘Activation Letter’ to sign up for Parent Pay will be sent home once your child has registered at the school. For further information on ParentPay click on the link or contact the school.