At Belfast Royal Academy, we offer both breakfast options and a full lunch menu for all pupils.
We have a rotational four-week cycle menu, which offers pupils an extensive range of tasty and healthy options. All dishes are freshly prepared daily and allergen information is available in our service areas.
The Dining Hall and Jackson Suite operate a cashless system. Pupils pay digitally using their fingerprint at the till point – no cash is accepted at the tills. The fingerprint system is a unique and secure method which makes it the most reliable kind of personal identification. Pupils can use cash to “top-up” their account at one of the two terminals in school. These units accept 20p, 50p, £1, £2 coins, and also £5, £10 and £20 notes.
Alternatively, the school also uses an on-line payment system, Parentmail, to facilitate payments onto pupils’ dining accounts. This enables parents to easily make payments electronically, using a smart phone, tablet or laptop and the money is automatically credited onto the pupil’s account. This is very popular and over 90% of parents pay in this way. It is recommended that parents download the Parentmail App to register to make electronic payments or make online payments directly on the website. Please contact the School office if you have any queries with regards to Parentmail.
The cost of the traditional school lunch is at present £2.80 per day. The cost to pupils of this meal is subsidised by the Government and represents good value for money.
Some children are entitled to free meals, and parents should contact the Education Authority NI to see if their child is entitled to this service. The appropriate amount will be credited as a subsidy on a fingerprint system each day to pay only for lunch or breakfast. Parents can add money to top up this amount if desired - the free meal amount will always be used first when making a purchase and then any personal money.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for, including gluten free and vegetarian diets. Should you wish to discuss specific dietary issues please speak to our Catering Manager.
Sixth Form pupils have their own specific dining areas situated within their Common Rooms, where they can also purchase hot and cold food, drinks and snacks.
Pupils may also bring packed lunches to school and must eat them at the time and in the place arranged – be it the Dining Hall, Jackson Suite or Assembly Hall.