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At Walton, we offer an in-house catering service led by Mrs Clater and her team of five. We pride ourselves on our home cooked meals, sourced from local suppliers. All our food is prepared in the school kitchen, with the exception of sandwiches which are provided by Sandwich King. Cakes and biscuits are prepared and baked daily.

We offer main meals including a vegetarian option made from fresh ingredients daily. A salad bar is also available daily as a free accompaniment to main meals.

We provide a wrap around service of breakfast, break time snacks, lunchtime meals and a tea time club for students.

All meals are served from the main kitchen with the addition of ‘The Kabin’ which is open at break and lunch. The ‘Kabin’ is very popular with students and serves ‘grab and go’ items for those who need to get to lunchtime clubs or to get something to go with their packed lunches.

Our aim is to provide students with a nutritious meal in a relaxed atmosphere. We try to accommodate special requests where possible. We offer a VIP table service where students can book a table for up to eight people which is set up in a party style. This is a free service for special occasions.

As well as our day to day roles, we also take part in Walton events such as open evenings, summer concerts and sports days.

View our current menu:

New Menu 2019


We operate a cashless catering system called Wisepay, which uses a card which is provided to students by the academy. Money can be credited to student accounts using coins or notes at machines in the academy or parents can add funds electronically to their child’s account via our secure system.

For more details please visit our payments web page here.

Free school meals

As a parent or carer, you may qualify for free school meals if you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after the person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

Registration for free school meals is handled by Lincolnshire County Council.

If you believe that you are entitled to claim free school meals please visit the Lincolnshire County Council site for more details.

Meet the team

Mrs Clater, Catering Manager, has run the kitchen at Walton for 19 years so has seen many changes. She has been in catering since leaving school. Obtaining her City and Guilds qualification at Grantham College. Previous jobs include being a cook at Grantham Hospital for 11 years.

Mrs Anderson, Assistant Cook, has been at Walton for 16 years. Elaine also obtained her City and Guilds Qualification at Grantham College and has been in the catering industry for many years. Elaine is also a lunch time supervisor and runs the Tea Time Club.

Mrs Willis, Lead Catering Assistant, has been at Walton for 14 years. Samantha has lots of experience working in large kitchens. She is a popular member of the kitchen staff with the students and always around for a chat.

Mrs Conboy, Catering Assistant, has been at Walton for 11 years. Sandra has previously worked in a butchers and various other retail outlets. Sandra serves the hot lunches and prides herself on presentation of the meals.

Mrs Dawson, Catering Assistant, has been at Walton for 9 years. Lisa serves in the Kabin and has a good rapport with the students.

Mrs Topliss, Catering Assistant, has been at Walton for 3 years in the kitchen but at Walton for a total of 7 years. Cheryl also serves in the Kabin and having a young family herself knows only too well how daunting coming to a new school can be.

In addition to the kitchen staff we have three lunchtime supervisors, Tina Carley, Kelly Richardson and Tracey Seprini ,who are valuable members of the catering team.

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