The teenage years are times of vitally important growth and development of both students’ brains and their bodies. You are what you eat. So, our mission is for every student to have a nutritious, well balanced diet and to have healthy eating habits for life. The catering at the College is provided by Caterlink.

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There are two main catering outlets across the site: the Refectory and the Sixth Form Cafe. There is also an outdoor catering pod. Together our food outlets provide a wide range of nutritious options including two course meals, salads, pasta, sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

There are plenty of innovative ideas including ‘Special Days’ and ‘Seasonal Menus’. The menu is also advertised weekly for both parents and students to see in advance (see the table above).

The Kitchen is led by our Chef Manager, Pauline, who is always on-hand to listen to the students’ needs and suggestions. Pauline and her team will always come up with new ideas to keep meal times enjoyable and fun. Our management and staff are also friendly and, above all, accessible. We listen to our customers and actively encourage them to tell us what they think of our service.

Our convenient, secure and efficient biometrics payment system means parents simply log into ParentPay (see below) to pre-load funds onto their child's account which they can then use to pay for meals and snacks using our fingerprint scanner at the till points. If you are new to the school or have no login details please contact us.

You can also monitor what your child is eating by using your ParentPay login (see below) and click to see their purchasing history.


ParentPay – Online Payments

We are pleased to say that we can now accept payments online. ParentPay offers you the freedom to make these payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available.

Some useful pointers to get you started:

  • Have you got your ParentPay login and password?
  • If you haven't please contact College Reception.
  • Have you changed your password to something you'll easily remember?
  • Click on My profile if you'd like to change it.

If you have more than one child at our school you can merge their accounts giving you future access using a single set of login details. Click on My account or My Profile then click merge my logins and follow the simple steps.

Login to ParentPay



Free School Meals - Are you missing out?


You could be saving £10 per week. That is around £400 over the school year and nearly £2,000 over 5 years!

At Uckfield College, we are committed to working with students and their families to ensure that they are fully supported in their learning. We recognise that this extends beyond the classroom and we want to make sure that the health, well-being and opportunities for learning for all students is the best that it can be. One of the ways that we can do this is to make sure that everyone who is eligible for school meals applies for them whether they eat in the Refectory or not.

The more people that complete the form, the more money the school will receive from the government. This money is used to support a number of activities in the school.


Who can claim free school meals?

For children in Year 3 and older, free school meals may be provided if parents or carers are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit only, if your annual household income (assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) isn’t over £16,190. Anyone getting Working Tax Credit won’t get free meals regardless of income
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

 Children will get free school meals if they meet the criteria and are in school both before and after lunchtime.

Children eligible for free school meals on or after 1 April 2018 will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2023 even if your circumstances change.


How to Apply

Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact either East Sussex Local Authority direct on 01273 481388 or ring the school on 01825 764844 and speak to Support Services, who will help you to register. Forms are available from the school reception and the local authority website.


Why apply?

  • Families who are currently paying for school meals will save around £400 a year for each child if they are entitled to free school meals, about £10 per week.
  • The College will receive £955 in additional funding each year for every pupil who is registered for free school meals, to support them to achieve.
  • We have systems which mean it is impossible for other pupils to know who is receiving free school meals.
  • If your child is eligible for free school meals the tills will be credited with a £2.16 value per day, this can be spent at break or lunchtime. The set two course dinner is available daily for £2.16.
  • School dinners provide a healthy, nutritious and tasty meal.
  • Research shows that a school dinner can help concentration levels.