Brook Mead will operate a split lunch time, this means that only half the academy students are on lunch at any one time. Our split lunch has proven popular in student voice surveys and has had a positive impact on student behaviour and safety at other mead Secondary schools. It enable’s students to be served their lunch quicker and therefore to enjoy a better quality break, creating a positive dining experience for all.

A senior member of staff is on duty every lunchtime, as well as our lunchtime supervisors and duty teaching staff, including PE staff who run a range of sports clubs during lunch.

School meals are cooked on the premises by Caterlink, they offer a wide variety of healthy foods, including halal.  Sample menus are available at the bottom of this page.

We teach students etiquette at mealtimes and expect them to eat their food sensibly. We entrust in them the privilege of serving themselves, and encourage fruit to be eaten daily.

Our Students also have a great range of choice in food and drinks to purchase at break and lunchtimes.

We ask that glass containers, fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate are not bought into school.  We also have pupils at school with nut allergies, therefore we have a ‘nut-free’ policy. Please check foods carefully.


Brook Mead Academy is a ‘cashless’ site. We do not want pupils having to carry cash to pay for school activities. Parents/carers can pay for school lunches, trips and activities via MCAS (My Child at School). Instructions as to how to do this will be shared with parents/carers during transition. This will mean that pupils can buy food from the restaurant using their ID cards. If you have any questions about this, please contact the academy.

Free School Meals

At Brook Mead Academy we have a number of measures in place to ensure everyone receives an equal opportunity. If a student is receiving Free School Meals, this allows the student to have a free hot or cold meal of their choice at lunchtime. It also means the student will receive other support such as reduced costs for school trips or support with purchasing revision resources.

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • National asylum seeker support
  • Child tax credit (provided you’re not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Working tax credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit.
  • Universal credit with annual net earned income of less than £7,400

If a student is eligible, they receive their Free School Meals top-up on their ID card automatically.

Further information on free school meals can be obtained from Leicester City Council.

LCC Free School Meals

We would be happy to help you if needed. Please book an appointment through the school’s Office.

Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is extra funding the government gives to schools to raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. The amount a school receives depends on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals.

Parents are encouraged to register their children for Free School Meals, even if:

  • they do not want to eat school meals
  • they already receive universal infant free school meals.

This is in order to raise extra money for the school, which can be used towards trip support, learning assistants or after school clubs to support your childs learning.