We are very excited to be working in partnership with Cucina, a proudly chef-led business, who will be making all of our food on-site and from scratch.

Students have the opportunity to purchase food at break time and lunch time.

Students will have 15 minutes at break and 40 minutes at lunch.

A breakfast club will run every morning from 7.45am.

A variety of healthy foods are available including both non-Halal and Halal foods.


We use cashless catering technology for the purchase of food in our restaurant. This system has many advantages for students and their parents/carers:

  • Each student has an account, which is topped up online.
  • Each student pays in the same way.
  • If a student qualifies for free school meals, their account will be automatically credited each day with the standard free school meal amount.
  • Having control of their own account helps students to learn important life and budgeting skills
  • The cashless system speeds up payment and lunch-time queues, so your son/daughter will spend less time waiting.
  • All transactions are available to view in the online account, so you can see what your child has eaten on any given day.

Each student will need to create a biometric (fingerprint) account in order to facilitate this, you will then be able to credit their account online and they can then purchase food in the restaurant by placing their finger on a fingertip scanner.
Please read the Biometric Technology Information by clicking this link.


If your son/daughter qualifies for a free school meal, their account will be automatically credited each day with the standard free school meal amount. Any unused balance does not carry forward to the next day but you can add money to their account to use at breakfast or break by following the instructions above. If your child qualifies for a free school meal but isn’t on the school list, or if the entitlement is about to expire, please ring Welfare Benefits as soon as possible.

The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust

Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ