Following a student ‘canteen’ survey in 2018 and a rigorous tendering process in 2019, we welcomed Fresh Start Catering to Chenderit School from 1st January 2020. Fresh Start Catering’s ethos about food and drink mirrors our own and we are delighted that they use locally sourced produce as much as possible and prioritise products that are in season and at their freshest, ensuring that only the best will go into our students’ meals.
Fresh Start have an ethical approach too - all meat is high welfare, their eggs are free range and they use packaging that is more environmentally friendly. I hope our school community embraces these positive changes and we look forward to our students choosing new food and drink options that are not only tasty and exciting, but fresh and nutritious too.
The Fresh Start team operate a rotating menu over a three-week period, which students, parents and carers can view below, alongside the prices for each item on the menu.
Cashless Payment System
We operate a cashless catering system which incorporates the latest technology and runs in conjunction with a secure biometric finger recognition system.
Each student has an account, which can be credited via our secure online payment system 'ParentPay', or topped up with cash. When buying food, the cost is simply deducted from the student's account when authorised via the finger scanner. No cash will be accepted at the servery counter.
To enable you and your child to benefit from the biometric system, parents and carers will need to give permission by completing the form contained in your admission pack which is sent to you by our Data Manager upon enrolment. Alternatively, paper copies are available to collect from the school's Finance Office.
We would like to emphasise that Chenderit School will comply at all times with the Data Protection Act and with the provision of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (which came into force in September 2013) regarding the use of biometric data.
Free School Meals
Families can apply for support with school meals through West Northamptonshire Council. Please follow the link here to read more information about the application process and eligibility, and to complete an application for free school meals, please click here.
If you have a query regarding Free School Meals, please email the Free School Meal team at West Northamptonshire Council: firstname.lastname@example.org.