The Gate Café

The modern, vibrant atmosphere offered in The Gate Café gives students a chance to relax in one of the many seating areas – inside at tables in the main canteen or on the mezzanine level, or at tables in the Gate Theatre floor space. In good weather, students can choose to take cold food outside in the courtyard, at picnic tables outside the LSU or relaxing with friends on the field. 

The Gate Café serves breakfast from 8.00am, with a selection of breakfast products including pastries, fruit, bacon rolls and hot or cold drinks. At break, students can choose from a variety of hot and cold snacks. Themed days add interest – traditional British dishes as well as Indian, Italian, Caribbean and Asian cuisines have all featured on the changing menus.

All food is made with fresh, ethically sourced and, where possible, local ingredients.


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Cashless Catering

The academy operates a cashless catering system for purchasing items from the Gate Café. The minimum amount that can be paid into your account is £10.00, money spent on food will be taken out of the system and you can always check by using the online payment system or at the point of sale to see how much you have left.

The online system is able to provide you with a report detailing each item of food served, each credit made to the system, for any time period and show a current balance.

There is a daily ‘spend limit’ programmed into the system of £5.00, this can be increased or decreased for an individual pupil by making a written request to the school kitchen.

Please note no cash for cashless catering will be accepted.  If you have forgotten how to log on to the cashless catering system please call the academy on 01243 546800.

Click on the ParentPay logo below to be taken to the payment system.


Prepayment for students wishing to purchase food from our canteen can be made through our online payment system.

Payments for catering are made directly to Innovate, Business Support Centre, Phoenix House, Pryford Road, West Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 6RA. Please note your bank statement will display ‘Innovate’.


Click the logo to find out more about our catering provider, Innovate, join the iClub to take advantage of iClub Meal Deals and promotions to help save you money, and download sample menus.