The Academy

We believe in making food a pleasurable and appealing part of school life. Diet and healthy living is a key part of the education process we strive to provide, that is above all, an experience that pupils, staff and visitors alike will enjoy. We understand the requirements of pupils at all ages through their school years and develop our food offer with this in mind. We deliver outstanding homemade food, produced by committed a team with a real passion for food and service.


By taking a positive approach to healthy eating and nutrition we make sure our dishes are as good for you as they are delicious. Our 3 week menu cycle uses a combination of seasonal, healthy, fresh ingredients to produce creative dishes that pupils enjoy.

We offer the full menu alongside freshly made rolls, sandwiches, wraps, jacket potato bar, dessert pots, homemade cakes and a pasta bar in the main dining room, and we will continue to take a flexible approach to the dietary requirements of any individual.

Our catering team often provide theme days that coincide with cultural and topical events.

Cashless Catering Systems

Thorns operates a cashless catering system. The system will allow us to continue with the development of the school meal service, and will provide us with a more efficient, faster and better quality of service.

This system eliminates the need for students to carry cash throughout the day. It is also biometric so there is no need for pupils to carry a card as the system will recognise the fingerprint of your child at the tills. Please be assured that the biometric information taken is an algorithm and not the actual fingerprint, this information remains within the school.

Parent Pay

In an attempt to remove all cash and cheques from academy we are asking all parents to only use our e-payment method to pay for dinner money, trips, music lessons etc. This can be done online using a very secure website called ParentPay.