We operate a 'family dining' system, where a member of staff serves at each table and good manners are promoted. Children and staff have the chance to exchange stories and to discuss their day - the social side is as important as the food.

Family Dining


The children enjoy their meals and are encouraged to broaden their tastes. Food is cooked on-site by our excellent in-house catering team using fresh and locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible - much of the fruit and veg comes from farms in Evesham and meat is from Philip Dennis butcher in Witney, Oxfordshire. Our catering team ensures that food is delicious, varied and high quality.


Food Committee reps ensure that the kitchen staff receive feedback from the children and future menus are planned with this in mind. Our chef also takes account of what’s being studied - Japanese food, for instance, was a big hit!

The menu is planned to provide a well-balanced and nourishing diet across the week and is checked by the nutritionist at Palmer & Howells our caterers. Lunch is two courses, and twice a week features a starter rather than dessert, in order to minimise sugar consumption. All dishes are made in school from scratch, including mid-morning snacks. We can also accommodate all dietary requirements and allergies.

What we eat

St George’s Day was marked with full English breakfast ……for lunch! Brazilian stew, a Chinese banquet, an Indian meal, home-made burgers on the 4th July and food tailored for French, Spanish and other themed days and, of course, Christmas lunch.

Roast lunch is a firm favourite with staff and pupils alike! The children really enjoy the food at Berkhampstead.

Packed lunches for school trips are nutritious and filling and ‘Match Tea’ is a popular refuelling opportunity, giving a chance for children, staff and parents to discuss the team’s performance and to socialise with the opposition.

By teaching children about food, where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies, the resources and recipes equip children with the knowledge and confidence to cook from scratch, as well as forming positive eating habits that will last a lifetime.

— Jamie Oliver

More than just lunch

Our raised beds for growing veggies and our fabulous Food Technology room mean that children experience each stage of the process of food production as well as enjoying nutritious lunches in school. They enjoy planting, harvesting, preparing and of course, eating the food.

SNACKS A healthy mid-morning snack is provided for all the children by our caterers, Palmer and Howells. Examples of snacks are sausage rolls, cheese twists, popcorn, fresh fruit and flapjacks. As with other meals, special diets are catered for.