June 2022

Summer Holiday Activities and Food Programme - for eligible free school meal children

Registration will close on Sunday 29 June.

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) will be available over the summer holidays for children eligible for benefits-related free school meals.  We are asking for your help to reach children who may benefit from this programme.  

Eligible children can access up to 4 weeks of free activities and they will also receive a healthy lunch each day that they attend.   

There are over 60 programmes taking place across the city for parents to choose from.  The dates, times and age suitability will differ by provider.   

Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis to children and young people who meet all of the following criteria:

• live in Leicester City
• are receiving benefits related free school meals
• are in the age range for that programme

Please click here to find the list of programme providers.  Parents/carers can also find details directly from

Do encourage parents and carers to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Parent Pay and Cashless Catering

As the school moves forward in the way we manage money, our cashless system, Parentpay will now be used for ALL payments including catering, contributions to resources, trips and contribution towards activities like swimming.

The system allows us to continue with the development of the academy and provides a more efficient, faster and ultimately an improved service.

The system incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need for students to carry cash with them throughout the day which makes it safer for them and our staff.

As it is biometric, there is no need for students to carry around a card when making meal purchases at lunchtime, they use their thumb instead. The thumbprint is transferred into a numerical code so the thumbprint itself is not stored.

All students are shown how to pay at the tills. Any money spent on food and drink will be deducted from the student’s accounts through parentpay.

As a parent, you will be able to identify what they have purchased.

Payments to Parentpay can be made either through your Parentpay login and password, with a credit or debit card.  A letter can be provided with these details.

Alternatively, you can pay via any local paypoint shop, with a plastic paypoint card which can be provided on request.

A letter will be issued for payments such as trips, contributions to ingredients or swimming or to pay for resources and the items listed separately on Parentpay. If you wish to pay for these via a paypoint, a letter with a separate bar code can be issued on request.

Paypoint locations can be found here.

As per current legislation, we are required to operate an ‘opt in’ policy so we will need parent authorisation to take your child’s thumbprint. You will be provided with a form to complete when you child starts with Lancaster Academy. If you do not authorise to take the thumbprint, the student can make meal purchases but will need to provide their name at the till point which can be less efficient. (Please note, this also includes students who are eligible for free school meals).