Catering Provision at Didcot Girls' School 

Healthy ChoiceCatering at Didcot girls was awarded GOLD for healthy choices from South Oxfordshire County Council, January 2015

At Didcot Girls’ School, we are proud to offer delicious, nutritious and excellent value school meals provided by David Leake, our Catering Manager, and our excellent Catering Team. David is winner of multiple Oxfordshire Best School Meals Awards and he is passionate about providing the best quality, local ingredients in all of the meals which he prepares for our young people.

There is an exciting range of hot and cold food available at both morning break and lunchtime. At morning break we offer a wide selection of freshly made baguettes, sandwiches and rolls, soup, hot pastries and a daily special. At lunchtime the choices include a traditional style menu with a hot meal costing £2.40 and £2.70 to include a dessert and drink: food choices are imaginative and varied, including an excellent range of vegetarian options.  Jacket potatoes, a salad bar, a selection of freshly made baguettes, sandwiches, desserts, fresh fruit, and yoghurts are available throughout the year. Our drink selection includes chilled fruit juices, water, milk and sparkling juice drinks.

The Catering Team has a high standard of hygiene in all our food preparation. In January 2015 we were awarded the Environmental Health Department 'scores on the doors’ rating of the maximum 5 stars.

Both Frideswides Bistro and Sherwood Café have been newly refurbished, including exhibitions of student art work, to create attractive and sophisticated eating environments for all of our students to enjoy. Frideswides Bistro is used by Years 7, 8 & 9  and Sherwood Café is used by Years 10, 11 and the Sixth Form. David and his team also run a Breakfast Club in Frideswides Bistro every morning from 7.30am for students and staff who arrive early and need a good breakfast!

David Leake works closely with members of the School Council to listen to student views about healthy eating. David is a key member of the staff: he is a staff governor, a keen supporter of the Friends of Didcot Girls’ School (watch out for our home produced honey!) and he is an enthusiastic supporter of whole school events, such as International Day of Languages and Healthy Lifestyles Week run by the School Council.

We have introduced a cashless payment system which enables parents to see what food their daughters are buying every day, reduces queueing time and means that our students do not need to bring cash into school.

We are very fortunate to have David Leake and his team working as part of the DGS staff. Their  professional high standards, cheerful service and delicious food ensure that lunch is a highlight of the day at Didcot Girls’ School!


Our meal service times are:

7.30am - 8.30am   Breakfast Club in Frideswides Bistro, including reduced price on hot bakes

10.05am – 10.20am Morning Break: A selection of hot and cold snacks and drinks are available.

12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunchtime: full lunch menu with a choice of main meals and snacks; the theme bar and healthy options are always available.

Yr 7 students have an early lunch from 12.15pm to enable them to eat before the rest of the school and to help with the speed of the queue in the Bistro

Water is freely available from Frideswides Bistro and Sherwood Café.

Meal Prices:

Lunch Main Meal from £2.40  

Lunch Main Meal Deal with dessert of the day, fruit juice or chilled milk  £2.70 (save 70p)

Sandwich Baguette Deal with fresh fruit, bottle water or Oranka fruit juice £2.30 (save £1) 

Theme Bar Dish of the day with Free Oranka fruit juice or chilled milk  £2.00 (save 50p)

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