Your Catering Service

Derbyshire Catering Service are proud to provide the catering service at St Philip Howard Catholic Academy.

Our Promise to You

We are committed to providing you with nutritionally balanced meals that exceed government legislation on school food and also meet the strict quality criteria required to ensure that our menus are accredited with the Food for Life Award. This means that you can rest assured that the meals that we serve are freshly prepared on site and use fresh, locally sourced ingredients which are free from undesirable trans fats, sweeteners and additives. Most importantly of all we serve foods that you enjoy.

The Service

At St Philip Howard Catholic Academy we have a spacious dining area with a large counter serving a selection of:

·         Traditional meals

·         Sandwiches/wraps/baguettes

·         Jacket potatoes

·         Hot & cold pasta

·         Home-made desserts, fresh fruit, yoghurt

·         Drinks

There is something on offer to suit everyone’s tastes. Our menus are carefully planned to provide maximum taste, premium quality and fantastic value that can be enjoyed before school, at morning break and lunchtime. Items can be purchased individually or as part of a meal deal. A meal deal is a two course hot meal and drink, two choices of hot main are available daily. Or alternatively, a deli option consisting of; your choice of sandwich and bread, dessert and drink.

The current meal deal price is £2.35 giving students outstanding value for a fixed price (correct as of 2018.)

The Menu

Your menu in school has been chosen and created by the student council in discussion with our Menu Development Officer. Following a specially created template with training and guidance the menu meets the strict regulations of Government Food Standards and Food for Life catering mark. The liaison with the student council means that the menu is unique to the school and will be even more enjoyable for all students.

We have a process to safely provide medical diets to those who need it. Just contact Katie Woods on 01629 536702 or email for further information.

Make sure you check the menu boards and view our latest promotions in the dining room as we regularly have special theme days to introduce new and exciting flavours from around the world.

Our meals are cooked by trained chefs who use ingredients from sustainable and ethical sources. So you can be assured that our meals really are the very best they can be. 


We use:

·         British farm assured meat

·         Fair trade products

·         Free range eggs

·         Reduced sugar recipes

·         Wholegrain products


To meet the Governments School Food Standards, we are unable to serve:


·         Chocolate bars/confectionary

·         Crisps

·         Nuts

·         Fizzy drinks - unless they contain more 50% fruit juice and are combined with carbonated spring water.


Please visit our website to find out more, alternatively if you have a query please fill in the “contact us” section:


How to Pay


Payment for your meals couldn’t be easier. At St Philip Howard Catholic Academy we use a cashless system provided by Nationwide Retail Systems. This means that a personal account will be set up for you, so whether you enjoy free or paid school meals what happens at the till is the same for everyone. Free school meal allowances are allocated to accounts on a daily basis and for those paying cash, money is loaded up using the revaluation machines. The machines are cited towards the back of the dining hall.


The benefits of using a cashless system are:


·         Convenience of paying for meals

·         Discourages the misuse of spending dinner money in the shops on the way to school

·         Reduces issues associated with cash such as bullying, loss of money or theft

·         Queuing is reduced due to increased speed of service

·         Reports of student purchases can be created


For more information about Nationwide Retail Systems


To add money to your childs account via cheque, please make them payable to Derbyshire County Council.


To view the pricelist click on the link below: