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St Mary’s employs a catering team to care for our wonderful provisions at the college, knowing that good nutrition contributes to pupil performance. We believe that meal times at school not only provide a nutritional offering but also an opportunity for socialising with friends and building a community spirit.


Catering services opening times:

Breakfast 8am - 8.45am

Serving cereals, fruit, fresh toast and bacon sandwiches and a selection of drinks

Mid-morning break 10.15am – 10.30am

Serving daily hot snack specials including pizza pockets, bacon butties, cheese on toast buttered crumpets and sausage rolls alongside a selection of drinks, fruits and the option to purchase packed lunch bags

Lunch service 12.10pm – 1.30pm

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With two service points in the dining hall, the choice of traditional main meals and dessert selections are on offer with an alternative hot and cold daily snack choice

Traditional main meals includes all the favourites – braised beef & vegetables, home roasted meats, curry, pies and pasta dishes. For those with a sweet tooth, classic homemade puddings such as treacle sponge, fruit crumbles, chocolate shortbread and fruit mousse are available.

As an option, pupils also have a choice at the snack bars which offer a range of ‘grab & go’ sandwiches, wraps and baguettes, daily hot pasta pots, hot sandwiches and snack size mains all accompanied by home baked biscuits, muffins or flapjacks, fresh fruits and chilled drinks and milks.

For those attending lunch time clubs and activities, packed lunches are available for students to collect and take to clubs.

Menus are changed each term to take advantage of seasonal produce.

Allergen information is available on all products served but if there are any specific dietary requirements, the catering team are happy to accommodate these wherever possible.

A second catering facility is available to school students in the Academy Café area where grab bags can be purchased alongside a selection of drinks and take away snacks.

SM6 Catering

The Sixth Form building has its own café pod open 8.45am – 3.30pm offering morning breakfast sandwiches and toasties, freshly prepared sandwiches, jacket potatoes, paninis and hot snacks, fruits and a selection of coffee, tea and hot chocolate throughout the day.

Cashless Payments

Pupils are issued with their own unique cashless cards which will need to be carried with them each day.

Parents and carers are able to electronically access information held on the cards to either credit the account in order that pupils can make purchases and/or to help monitor spend and food choices. Alternatively, pupils can load credit onto cards at the cash loader located in the dining hall. The loader accepts most coin and note denominations. There is a £5 daily spend limit placed upon each card.