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School Catering

School Catering

When families who qualify for free school meals do not claim them, both the family and school miss out on further funding which would benefit many pupils in school. To find out more about this, please read this letter from the Head Teacher.

To check whether you qualify, and to apply, please follow this link:



Biometric Information

At Arnold Hill Academy we use a biometric recognition system for school meals, the benefits for students include:

  • Entitlement to free school meals is anonymous
  • Students do not have to remember to bring dinner money, or carry cash around the academy

The system uses an image of the fingerprint to create a mathematical algorithm and then disregards the fingerprint, only the numbers remain and these cannot be converted back into fingerprint images. Biometric information is stored securely by the Academy in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and cannot be used by any other source for the purpose of identification. The Academy will not share this information with anyone else, and will not unlawfully disclose it to any other person.

Please note that when your child leaves the Academy, or if for some reason they cease to use the biometric system, their data will be permanently deleted.

We need written permission from a parent in order for pupils to use this system and you can opt out at any time by writing to the Academy.If we receive a request to opt-out of the system from a person with parental responsibility, that instruction will take priority and any other request will be overridden.

Allergy Information

If your child has a food allergy, please put this in writing to the catering manager. This can be handed in at school or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Cashless Catering

At Arnold Hill Academy we use SCOPAY for parents to make secure online payments for school lunches, trips, revision guides, music tuition and other resources. SCOPAY is a secure online payments system and has been designed to give you the freedom to make payments, securely by debit or credit card, at your convenience. This means students no longer have to bring cash or cheques into school. With the exception of American Express, Arnold Hill accepts all major debit and credit cards. All card payments are secure and adhere to the highest level of compliance under the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. Your card statement will show a payment has been made to Arnold Hill Academy.


Parents can get help with accessing the SCOPAY website and App by following the link below

SCOPAY Parent Information Page

If you have any queries please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone the School Finance Office on 0115 9554804.