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The Diner

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy offers a selection of food produced by Edwards and Blake Ltd.

Download the Diner Menu in PDF Format

Cashless Catering System

The Academy operates a bio-metric system for cashless catering. The system enables students to pay in advance for their meals by crediting their account on cash machines situated in The Diner. The system also enables parents and carers to credit their child’s account by using ParentPay, a system which allows accounts to be credited online or by using PayPoint centres located in local retailers displaying the Paypoint sign. Further information regarding ParentPay is available at

The bio-metric system uses the fingerprint of the student and the software calculates a huge digital number from the image, and it is the number itself which is stored as a personal identification number.  The actual fingerprint image is NOT stored.  When a student uses the fingerprint scanner, the scanner recalculates the number and recognises the student.  Such software is now being used worldwide as a means of providing additional personal security.

Students and parents can be reassured that this system has a very high level of security and that it is not possible to reconstruct the original fingerprint. The system does contain an option for the use of a PIN number instead of the bio-metric for those students whose parents specifically advise the academy of their objection to the use of the bio-metrics.

Can we use this opportunity to remind and encourage parents and carers to register for their entitlement for Free School Meals to ensure that students are able to access meals and the catering facilities. The new cashless system will automatically add students with the entitlement and not distinguish them from other students.

Please use the PDF guides below or if you require additional information please contact the academy office.

Check your eligibility for Free School Meals

Free School Meals are available to any full-time student who is still at school and eligible. You can get Free School Meals for your child if you or your partner gets either:

  • Universal Credit.
  • Income Support.
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches. Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive Free School Meals.

How to apply

To apply for Free School Meals, visit, select ‘form’ and then follow the simple instructions.

If you do not have internet access or require assistance with the application to the academy you can contact the academy office on 01493 661504 or via email using who will help you with your application. You can also come into the academy for assistance.

The only information you will need to process your application is:

  • Your Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • National Insurance Number

If you application is successful then you will receive immediate confirmation. The academy will also be notified and your child will be eligible to receive the free school meal within one day.

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