School catering

The school canteen serves a variety of healthy meals, salads, snacks and sandwiches, and is open at the following times.

Breakfast: 7.30am to 8.15am

KS3 Break: 9.50am to 10.10am – Years 7 and 8 

KS4 Break: 10.50am to 11.10am – Years 9, 10 and 11

KS3 Lunch: 12.10pm to 12.50pm – Years 7 and 8

KS4 Lunch: 1.10pm to 1.50pm – Years 9, 10 and 11

Students must stay on-site during lunch breaks and can eat at the canteen or bring a packed lunch.

Sample Menus
Cold Drinks

Grab to Go

Homebaked Sweet Treats

Cashless catering system
The school operates a ‘cashless’ catering system that uses either biometric (finger scan) technology (when parental permission is received) or a PIN. The best and most convenient way to credit the account is to register with Pay360 and pay online using a debit or credit card. This allows parents/carers to review all daily purchases made on the account, pay for trips, books and other events. Students can also check their Pay360 account via two balance display machines in the main canteen and can top up their lunch accounts with cash using the revaluation machines, which only accepts notes, £2, £1, 50p, 20p and 10p coins – no change is given.

Parents can request a daily spending limit for their child by emailing a request to finance@longdean.herts.sch.uk. For example, you can credit £10 on your child’s lunch account and set a daily spending limit at £3 Any unused money is automatically carried forward to the next day.

Free school meals
If your child is entitled to free school meals, it is your responsibility to ensure that the entitlement is transferred from primary to secondary school. This can be confirmed by phoning 0300 123 4048 or online. Students entitled to free school meals will have their catering account credited with £2.35 to be used at break/lunchtime on a daily basis. Any unused amounts will be lost at the end of the day.

School Breakfast Club
The school runs a breakfast club from 7.30am to 8.15am, and to access it, students need to enter school via the side gate at the Sports Hall end of the building.  Students receiving free school meals or referred via the pastoral system receive £1 allowance towards breakfast, and a free slice of toast and bowl of porridge are free for all attendees. Students can buy a range of other foods and hot or cold drinks using their catering accounts.

Refunds are only given on balances over £5 if a student leaves the school and must be requested in writing from the school's catering contractor, Impact Food Group.