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School Meals

From April 2024, our catering services will be provided by Innovate. Please see an introduction to their business as well as their menu and tariff chart below. 


In order to ensure all students, have access to a healthy breakfast, Innovate serve free porridge to all students who wish to eat it before school.

Innovate is an entirely food-led business. That may sound obvious from a caterer, but we’re not a typical education caterer. We are a proudly chef-led business, meaning we have the skills to make all of our food on site and from scratch. We use a range of local and national suppliers from which all fish is MSC certified, all coffee is Fairtrade, all eggs and mayonnaise are free-range, 90% of our fruit and vegetables are grown in the UK and the vast majority of our meat is Red Tractor accredited. Unless it’s responsible, you won’t find it in our kitchens. Our menus are full of goodness and nutrition and we love educating students that healthy food is delicious, through a wide variety of tasty dishes that students love to eat.

We have a huge variety of really exciting dishes to try. We’re talking about global street food, our famous handmade pizzas, modern vegetarian and vegan, and traditional fish and chips. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at all times of the day. 



As part of creating a positive social impact, we are committed to looking after our environment. To do that we get our schools and students involved and work tirelessly to make improvements every day; reducing food miles and packaging, improving the packaging we do use, offering Fairtrade coffee in paper or reusable cups, composting kitchen waste, creating gardens and growing herbs with students. 

Our vision and values are entirely aligned to working with Astley Cooper to create a positive food culture and helping more students eat better food.

Free School Meals

I have a free school meal allowance, what can I have? If you are eligible for Free School Meals, we have a variety of dishes available, which can be bought with your daily funding allowance. This is a private matter, so credit is loaded automatically onto your card and is used in the same way as all our customers. Extra money can be loaded on to the cards, if you wish, and does not impact on the funding at all. It’s definitely worth checking your eligibility on the Government website.