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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, please view this useful factsheet issued by Nottinghamshire County Council.

If you wish to apply, please use this form.


The menu works on a four week rolling cycle.

Biometric Information

Please note that if we have not had the biometric data permission slip returned for your child, they will not be able to use the canteen. If you still need to return the letter, it can be found below

Allergy Information

If your child has a food allergy, please put this in writing to the catering manager, Graham Purdy. 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 we use sQuid for the payment of school dinners. sQuid is a cashless catering system that allows parents to top up their child's dinner money account online. Students are then able to buy food in the school canteen using the money in their account. The system is secure, convenient and lets parents know that dinner money has been spent as they intended. All new parents are sent a letter that includes details of how to register. If the letter gets lost, parents can contact the school office for registration details. More information, including a user guide is available from their website https://www.squidcard.com/support/parents

If at any point you need to request a refund on your child's account, please get in touch with sQuid. Neither Arnold Hill Academy, nor our catering partners, have access to the funds within your child's catering purse and are therefore unable to action any refund. 

Top up your catering purse

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