School Lunches and Packed Lunches

Students are expected to stay in school at lunchtime and either use the school’s catering facilities or bring in their own sandwiches. COVID-19 distancing measures are in place as per the schools risk assessment. Staggered breaks and lunches and zoned eating areas have been organised to ensure the safety of staff and students.

Catering Arrangements

Murray Park School has appointed Mellors Catering Services to provide school’s catering services. Mellors are committed to working closely with the school staff and students to improve the quality of food and service on-site.  Mellors are currently going through the accreditation process to be awarded ‘Food for Life’ award and their procurement process meets the Silver accreditation for secondary schools.

Both school and Mellors support the ‘5 A Day’ campaign and ‘Eatwell Plate’ to encourage children to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and help them to make realistic informed choices to make sure they are having balanced meals.

Mellors also support the following areas:

Blue Tick S Healthy Schools
Blue Tick S Change For Life
Blue Tick S Children’s Food Trust
Blue Tick S School Food Plan
Blue Tick S Public Health England’s Childhood Obesity Strategy 2016

Useful Information

Mellors Information

Mellors September Reopening 2020

Mellors Catering Services – Plastic Pact strategy 2018-2020

Food Brought in from Home: Guidance for Students and Parents

Mellors Healthy Eating Policy

Mellors Nutrition Factsheet – Feburary 2020 (Iron)

Mellors Supplier Map

Mellors Special Diet Procedure

Extra Information


Buying British, Buying Local

Vitamin D

Healthy Snacking


Nutrition and Food Development

Click Here to take the Murray Park Catering Survey

Click Here to go to the Lunch Menus page

Click Here to go to the Theme Days / Activities page


ParentPay is now live: Find out more about our new online payment system – Click Here

ParentPay Login page

If you have not received an activation code and would like one, please email to request an activation code; also include your child’s name in this request. Once you have activated your account there are some useful FAQs on the help and support pages which can be accessed via the help link at the top of your login page.

Cashless Card Catering System

At Murray Park anyone who buys food whether at breakfast, break or lunchtime can either use the Biometrics (finger print) technology or personal plastic swipe card. The card is issued free of charge initially, but a charge £2.00 will be made for replacement cards lost or damaged. Before your child can be registered for Biometrics school will need a signed consent form. School has a secure online payment system called Parentpay which can be used for dinner money and school trips payments. By using this secure website you able to pay online using your credit or debit card. Parentpay is our preferred method of making payments to the school.

Alternatively you can also provide a cheque (made payable to “Mellors Catering Services” and the child’s full name and tutor group written on the back) or banknotes from home in advance and the kitchen staff will credit the card with the amount. Should you want to add further value to your child’s card you can do so using coins or notes at either of the two machines available in school. Cash is not accepted at the till points. Around £12.50 is usually sufficient for each week to buy lunch but extra if they wish to spend at breakfast/break.

However, your child may already be receiving Free School Meals at their current school he/she attends. To achieve this facility you may have always applied to the Education Office. At Murray Park School we use a different system. We are able to authorise your child’s free meals ourselves. It may only take a small increase in the number of students claiming to have a significant increase in our funding so it is important for the school that parents who are entitled to claim do so. Free School Meals have a direct influence on our school funding.

Students entitled to free school meals have the free meal allowance (currently £2.20 per day) automatically credited to their accounts daily. Although a £2.20 free meal allowance is sufficient for a full meal, you may want to add a little money to your son/daughters card for items not included in the allowance or if they may need to purchase a snack at morning break.

Click Here to see what you need to do to claim Free School Meals.