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Creating restaurants within schools

Culinera are delighted to work with Ashlyns School to provide the catering service within your school restaurant.​You can find out everything you need to know about this terms food, special events and how to contact us here. ​


We look forward to welcoming you to the restaurant.


​Team Culinera

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The Offer

Culinera are really excited to welcome you to the restaurant at Ashlyns School.


All of our food options are hand made from the talented teams at each school. You will be able to choose from a wide range of hot and cold options which have been freshly cooked each day! Options include our showcase WOW main courses, stretched ‘sourdough’ pizza, hot pots, fruit, and layered desserts. We have lots of vegan, vegetarian options as well as free form items. 


Students will have access to the restaurant at breakfast, break and lunch time. They will have the flexibility to purchase a variety of items including hot and cold meal deals as well as snack and breakfast items (at break time).


Students who are entitled to Free School Meals can have ANY two items (apart from two cakes) at lunch time. We have not forgotten our Sixth Formers – we have an all-day offer which includes speciality coffee, deli style service as well as main meals.

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Do you have a special diet or allergy?

At Culinera, we train and develop our team to ensure they know all about allergens. Look out for the team members wearing a pink badge – this means they are an Allergy Champion and can help you make the right choice. 


We use a wide of range of ingredients which means there may be traces of various allergens present across our product range. 


We are here to help – so any questions just ask our Chef or Allergen Champion.

We are a cashless 


You will need to be registered on ParentPay for your child to purchase any items from the restaurant.  Your child will not be able to purchase items in the dining halls without sufficient credit on their account. We do not accept cash payments, we do offer access to the PayPoint service, which can be used to top up accounts with cash - please contact the school Finance Office at for more information.

Please note, if you have more than one child, you will need to purchase credit for EACH of your children for them to be able to purchase meal items.

In addition to this, Sixth Form students have the option to pay by contactless using credit/debit card, apple/android pay.  

Free school

To check if your child is eligible for Free School Meals, click here.

If your child is currently entitled to Free School Meals, please click here for more information

Opening Times

Breakfast: 08:00 to 08:30

Break: 11:00 to 11:20

Lunch: 13:20 to 14:10


The Main Restaurant

Open at Breakfast, Break Time and Lunch Time.

The Sixth Form

All Day (School hours)

The Little Kitchen

Break Time for Year 10

Lunch Time for Year 9 & 10

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ParentPay Q&A and support

Q: I am having problems with Parent Pay – what should I do? 

A: ParentPay have a dedicated area for parents to request support.

If you still require help, you should contact 

Q: I am not seeing the money I have paid onto ParentPay on my school meals account?

A: ParentPay have a dedicated area for parents to request support.

If you still require help, you should contact 

Q: I do not have a ParentPay account

A: Please contact

Q: My child has previously used cash to pay for their lunches, what do I do now?

A: Please contact

Q: How do I use PayPoint to fund school meals?

A: Please contact

Q: Can I view / control my child's spending?

A: Please contact


About Culinera

Culinera is the newest and freshest independently owned, education focussed caterer in the South of England. We are here to bring you the very best in all things; from ingredients, to training, to management.


​We are here to disrupt the norm and redefine what adding value actually means.  The Culinera team are fed up with catering companies deliver average catering and schools having to settle for this. We believe that greater focus should be given to creating exceptional experiences by creating the very best dishes in restaurant standard settings.


We do this through, where possible, local sourcing, British ingredients and engaging with every single stakeholder. Our ambition is that you choose to eat with us, day in and day out.

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