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The James Hornsby School

Catering & Free School Meals


Innovate are delighted to partner with the students, teachers and staff at The James Hornsby School. Our aim, along with the school, is to provide all students with an exceptional catering experience. Our very talented Chef and the fantastic catering team will be serving exciting menus packed with healthy ingredients, that are full of variety, and with loads of interesting new things to try. It’s important that the food tastes as good as it looks, and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.


Innovate has long been considered the most inventive school caterer and that’s because we’re very clear about our food. All our dishes are prepared every day using quality, fresh and seasonal ingredients that are responsibly sourced. As well as ensuring the food on the plate is healthy, we want our customers to understand the importance of eating the right foods and help them with their food and nutrition journey 

School meals are paid for via a cashless system called ParentPay.  This is a means for Parents and Carers to pay for school meals, trips and other items via an online system.

Below are links detailing the many options Innovate currently offer students.

Innovate - Welcome Flyer

Meal DealsBlue Dot Meal DealsPower Bites 

Break Pod Menu

 Price List


The menu choices are below within the PDF.

zenith trust innovate restaurant menu.pdf



For any catering balance refunds, please complete the below form, and email to finance@jameshornsby.essex.sch.uk


Free School Meals

Your child may be entitled to free school meals or a premium to assist with their education.

Even if your child does not wish to eat free school meals but is entitled to, the school could receive additional funding each year to help with tuition, resources, coaching and extra assistance.

To find out if your child is entitled please follow the Free School Meals link.

Once free school meal entitlement has been established a daily allowance of £2.40 is automatically added to your child’s catering account. This can be spent biometrically up until the close of the lunchtime break. Any unspent balance will then be cleared and the next day’s allowance added. 

Cashless Catering FAQs

Please click on the download below for a list of frequently asked questions about Cashless Catering.


We operate a cashless catering system, whereby you may pay for school meals via 2 methods:

  1. Pay cash into the cash machines located in the main and lower school forums;
  2. Pay electronically via the ParentPay website.

ParentPay offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, 24/7, safe in the knowledge that the technology used is the highest internet security available. You can have a secure online account, with a unique user ID and password. You may change these to something you will easily remember and merge accounts of 2 or more children.

Making a payment is easy and simple. ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments to view at a later date. No card details are stored in any part of the system.

For your activation letter, detailing username and password, please contact Student Services on 01268 582463.

Please visit the ParentPay website for more information: https://www.parentpay.com/