We were delighted to receive a visit from Nick Gibb (currently MP and Minister of State for School Reform) who officially opened our new Restaurant on 21st September 2010. The achievement of Healthy Schools Status in 2009 helped secure funding for the refurbishment of the Restaurant. The design of the new Restaurant was influenced by the views of students, through the Student Council. In particular, the new ergonomic design has helped to reduce queuing times and these have been further reduced when the cash-less system of payment (see below – Parent Pay) was introduced. Since the refurbishment, the Restaurant Staff are serving an extra sixty main meals per day. In addition, the veranda outside the Restaurant provides much needed cover in inclement weather.
For information on SIMS Agora, please visit the SIMS Agora page here.
Please discuss any concerns or questions you may have with our Catering Manager, Mrs S Vickerman.
free school meals
Free School Meals
Schools get extra funding for every child registered as eligible for a free school meal if their parents receive benefits.
Even if you do not want your child to receive a free meal, don't let St. Gregory’s Catholic Science College miss out on this important extra funding that will benefit your child.
Does my child qualify?
If you receive benefits your child will be eligible for free school meals if they attend St. Gregory’s Catholic Science College.
The qualifying benefits are:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), that does not exceed £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
Young people who receive income support or income-based jobseekers allowance in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.
How to apply for free school meals
If you meet the criteria above, you can apply by:
Download the application form (.pdf, 300KB) and return to Children's Team, Brent Customer Services, PO Box 1057, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 1HJ
Asking the reception staff at St. Gregory’s Catholic Science College for an application form which you can return to the school or to Brent Council.
Contacting Brent Customer Services Team on 0208 937 3110 for a paper copy of the application form which they will post to you.
The application form is only for a child or young person who attends a school or nursery in the London borough of Brent.
Brent Council will ask for proof of Child Benefit to be provided if this is your first application for free school meals. Eligibility for free school meals will not be backdated, so ensure you apply as soon as possible.
Please note that providing Brent Council with an email address or mobile number (or both) will help them ensure they can regularly inform and update you on the progress of your application.
Working Tax Credit exception
If you receive Working Tax Credit your children may be entitled to free school meals:
for no longer than four weeks from the date you became unemployed (or reduced your working hours to less than 16 per week) and started receiving Working Tax Credit.
In this case you will need to provide evidence of your benefit to Brent Council. You need to make sure this information shows the date you became unemployed, or the date you reduced your hours, because free school meals are only available to parents on Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
If you have been unemployed and receiving Working Tax Credit for longer than four weeks, then your children are not entitled to free school meals.
If your Working Tax Credit stops and you begin receiving a different benefit that is one of the qualifying criteria listed above, you will continue to be eligible after the four-week period.
If you increase your hours or begin working and continue to receive Working Tax Credit your free school meal entitlement will stop.