Catering at Didcot Girls' School has 5* Hygiene Rating

At Didcot Girls’ School, we are proud to offer delicious, nutritious and excellent value school meals provided by our excellent Catering Team. Their professional high standards, cheerful service and delicious food ensure that lunch is a highlight of the day at Didcot Girls’ School!

There is an exciting range of hot and cold food available at lunchtime. The choices include a traditional style menu with a hot meal costing £3.00 to include a dessert or a drink. food choices are imaginative and varied, including an excellent range of vegetarian, Vegan options. Jacket potatoes, desserts, fresh fruit, and yoghurts are available throughout the year. Our drink selection includes chilled fruit juices, water, milk, soya milk and sparkling juice drinks.

The Catering Team has a high standard of hygiene in all our food preparation and all staff undertake food hygiene training. Frideswides Bistro is used by Years 7, 8 & 9, and Sherwood Café by Years 10, 11 and the Sixth Form.  We also have a new outlet opening called the Snack Shack which will sell a selection of sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and hand held snacks.  The team run a Breakfast Club in Frideswides Bistro every morning from 8.00am for students and staff who arrive early and need a good breakfast! Also, free porridge is available for everyone.

Reducing our environmental impact

The catering department is committed to minimising single-use plastic and reducing our environmental impact in the following ways:

  • Re-filling stations for student water bottles 
  • Compostable takeaway containers and cutlery
  • Waste oil from the fryers converted to bio fuel
  • Plastic-free packaging for sandwiches

We use a local greengrocer (Faringdon in Oxfordshire), and source sustainably-caught fish and farm-assured British meat for food on our menus.

We have introduced a cashless payment system; parents have an account where they can pre-load dinner money and can also check what has been purchased. This reduces queueing time and means that our students do not need to bring cash into school.

Free School Meals 

The Government recognises the benefits of providing a healthy meal to students eligible for free school meals and as a Trust we are committed to ensuring that students are able to choose from a range of nutritious options. 

If your child is entitled to a free school meal,  we will provide them a healthy meal that they can have at lunchtime and they can choose one of the following options: -

  • Lunch Main Meal of the Day, either option 
  • Jacket Potato with topping 
  • Hot Sandwich of the Day 
  • Hot Pasta Pot of the day 
  • Sandwich/wrap (codes AA – C) or Salad or Cold Pasta Pot

In addition to the above, they can also choose one of the following:

  • Dessert of the Day 
  • Yoghurt 
  • Fruit 
  • Whites Bakery Item (cookie, muffin etc.) 
  • Drink 
  • Crisps 

Where pupils are eligible for free school meals and are receiving remote education, the school catering team will provide a good quality lunch parcel in lieu of the above. 

If you child is eligible for free school meals and would like to purchase additional items, please ensure that their ParentPay meal account is in credit. 

If you have any questions regarding catering, please email


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