More choice, fresher food and great value
We have a team of 16 Catering Assistants and Kitchen Porters who support the chefs across a range of commitments from breakfast to evening buffets and refreshments at our sports fields at Valley Road each Saturday.
Our mission is to use locally sourced ingredients to produce freshly prepared food that is varied, contemporary and nutritionally balanced which expands our pupils’ food experiences and encourages them to make healthy choices now and in the future.
At the start of the day we offer breakfast from 7.45am to 8.40am, served from the Grab and Go section of the Senior Dining Hall which is available to all our pupils and also in the brasserie for Sixth Form students. The menu includes hot items such as sausage and bacon cobs and also cereals, toast with preserves, danish pastries, croissants and waffles, all at reasonable prices. Parents are most welcome to join their children for breakfast.
In the Infant School we always provide a meat or fish main meal and a vegetarian option with vegetables and salad or a baked potato meal followed by a choice of a dessert or fresh fruit. The Infant School operates a 3-week menu cycle that allows parents the opportunity to discuss menu choices with their children or raise any dietary queries with us.
In the Dining Hall we have a ‘Main’ counter which offers a meat or fish and a vegetarian meal accompanied by seasonal fresh vegetables and potatoes, rice or breads. We also have a ‘Variety’ bar which, in addition to baked potatoes, offers an ever-changing selection of pasta, noodles and fried rice with a variety of sauces. The ‘Explore’ bar showcases our chefs’ flair with their take on popular street food from all over the world. Wherever possible the Explore Bar and Variety Bar choices will offer vegetarian alternatives. There is a salad bar where a side salad can be taken to accompany any of the above choices or a main meal salad with vegetarian and meat options along with a variety of freshly baked breads. To finish there is a variety of hot and cold desserts, fresh fruit and home baked cookies and flapjacks. We offer chilled tap water, squash by the glass, fruit juice, milk cartons and bottled drinks both carbonated and still. The Senior School operates loosely on a 6-week cycle but by taking advantage of seasonal produce there is always something different on offer.
The Grab and Go counter offers an option for those who do not require a full meal at lunch time or who have lunch time activities that make it difficult for them to fit in a main meal. All of our sandwiches are freshly made each morning in our own kitchen and can be taken with portable versions of the cold desserts available at the main servery such as yoghurt pots with fruit coulis, fresh fruit, home baked cookies and flapjacks. We have recently added a premium branded choice known as 'Love Joes' to provide a hot takeaway choice such as chicken wraps or vegetarian burritos. These are proving extremely popular and despite having a brand name these choices are still prepared and cooked from fresh each day by our own staff.
Sixth Form students are welcome to dine in the Dining Hall as well as in our Brasserie where we offer a coffee shop/café style of food which provides options throughout the day to accommodate their study patterns. Hot food is available in the brasserie such as paninis, toasted sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers or vegetarian equivalents as well as healthy options such as soups and smoothies which are prepared daily in our kitchen. All food is cooked in the healthiest manner appropriate to the product such as steaming or baking wherever possible.
We promote healthy eating throughout the school and our bread is baked overnight and sandwiches are made fresh each morning, after pupils have arrived for school, so we believe our Grab and Go offer more than matches most packed lunches. However, we recognise that some parents do prefer to make their children’s lunches and we would be more than happy to discuss nutritional information with parents. (Packed lunches are not an option for those in Lovell House Infant School).
We welcome contact from parents to discuss any aspect of the catering provision. Please call Moz Lynch on 0115 845 2242 or email email@example.com.