Our canteen serves healthy, freshly cooked meals and snacks daily at breakfast, morning break and lunch. The school’s catering is run in house by our Catering Manager Mrs Annette Coyle who has been in the catering industry for many years. All meals are made on-site by skilled catering staff from fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients. Our aim is to supply pupils with good quality food, freshly cooked using fresh ingredients and offering good value for money at all times.
The facilities offered within our school dining hall are extremely good and the quality and choice of food offered is excellent. Since the introduction of our cashless tills, the ability to be able to pay online and with the use of biometric readers introduced some years ago, it makes the use of our dining hall an enjoyable experience in a modern environment.
Pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals automatically have their account credited each day, and they can use this allowance at lunch time. For students that are entitled to receive Free School Meals using the biometric readers makes the system ‘invisible’, so other students do not know who is claiming a free school meal.
With everyone now using computers we have given parents/carers the option to make payments online which gives the facility to pay for lunches along with school trips or anything else that has a cost implication. Further details on how this system works and how to register are available on our website or if you would prefer to speak to a member of the Finance Department. Payment can also be made by cheque or by loading cash onto students’ account via a cash-loader, located in the dining hall.
Students who prefer to bring a packed lunch are welcome to use dedicated areas around the school and all students can purchase a smaller range of drinks and snacks that are available on a daily basis.
Parents/Carers may by now be aware that as from 13th December 2014, the EU introduced new legislation in respect of food allergens awareness (EU regulation EU FIC 1169/2011).
You will be reassured to know, that well in advance of the 13th December, the catering department at Brentford School For Girls ensured that:
- all catering staff had completed the Food Standards Agency’s Allergens Awareness Training
- put in place the statutory signage which advises pupils of what to do if they have a query on allergens contained within food
- compiled a central database of allergens which is located in the kitchen area to provide any information that may be requested
We hope this gives sufficient assurances as to our proactive stance in how important we feel a good quality catering service is to our students and the importance in making sure that all our students receive a healthy meal if they wish to purchase one. Should you wish to discuss or have any queries these can be addressed to Mrs Partington, School Business Manager via email – firstname.lastname@example.org