We have our own catering facility on site offering a wide variety of healthy food options. We provide for allergy sensitive and vegetarian diets. There is also a Food Cube that requires cash to purchase warm snacks during break times. Menu options are detailed below. 

Some children may prefer to bring sandwiches and supplement them with items from the cafeteria. Provision is made for all food to be eaten in the designated dining areas.

Cashless Catering

Rye College uses a cashless catering system.  This system has till terminals integrated into the catering facility.  The system is based on a five-digit numerical code.

How it works

We will issue the code to your child within the first few days of term, until then your child will be able to use money; if your child is entitled to Free School Meals, the canteen will be informed.

Your child then puts cash onto the system at whatever frequency you choose using their code to identify their account.  In the kitchen, having selected their choice of food, they enter their code and the account is debited the appropriate amount.


ParentPay is an option for payment of school lunches. Please log in to add money to your child's account.

School Meals Menu

Free School Meals

The Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

For every child registered, Rye College receives £955 each year.

For looked-after children and those previously looked-after, we receive £2,345.

For children record as 'service children' or receiving a pension from the Ministry of Defence, we receive £310. 

With this money we could improve teaching facilities and equipment, provide assistance with paying for school trips and also provide assistance with buying school uniform.

Please register now to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.

How does it work?

  1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the 'Do you qualify?' section below.
  2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact Reception at Rye College who will help you register.
  3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £400 a year).
  4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still receives the Pupil Premium.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Please talk to us about registering your child today.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit;
  • 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);
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit;
  • 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).

Children can also register the Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves.

Come and talk to us if you’re not sure.

If you are not in receipt of Free School Meals now but have been anytime in the last 6 years, please let the School Office know as we will still benefit from this extra funding.

Click here for more information about free school meals including:

  • Who is entitled?
  • How do I apply?
  • Reviewing your application
  • Part time pupils



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