Express Café

Our catering facilities are open to all students and staff at the following times:

  • Before school from 8:15am
  • Break 11:10am – 11:25am
  • Lunch 13:25pm – 14:10pm 

The school kitchens and dining rooms are first-rate, modern facilities for students and staff. The dining rooms serve nutritious foods, cooked in healthy ways. The school caterers have worked extremely hard to ensure that the school meets the government’s food and nutrition based standards for school lunches. Some families will qualify for free school meals. Please see below for more information.

Food is available in the dining room and students can buy a variety of different breakfast items before school and at break ranging from bacon sandwiches to fruit pots, yoghurt and cereal. At lunchtime students and staff are offered the option of a meal deal including a main course with pudding and drink along with a variety of smaller items such as sandwiches, panini’s, soups, pasta pots, jacket potatoes and wraps. A separate dining room is available to Sixth Form students. 

The canteen serves a three week rotational menu which changes twice a year, serving a variety of different meals every day, which always includes a vegetarian option. The canteen at Carr Hill was recently visited by the Food Standards Agency and was awarded a rating of five on the Food Hygiene Ratings – the highest score attainable. Please find the current three week rotational menu below.

 Secondary School Menu 

Carr Hill High School & Sixth Form Centre operates a cashless system and the school has implemented a way to view exactly what your child has been eating and what their current balance is on their cafeteria account. The system allows parents to view the most recent 30 day period and is updated every evening around 5pm.The system is called ParentScope. In order to view this information you will need to set up a ParentScope account via and input the unique pupil number (UPN) of your child. There is a helpful guide that you can download from which will take users through the process step by step. If you do not have a UPN for your child/children contact the Finance Team via or 01772 689003.

Packed Lunches

Students may bring a packed lunch to school. Rooms are made available for students to eat in. Packed lunches, sweets and chocolate bars should not be eaten on the school corridors or in the school grounds – only fruit, water and fruit juices may be consumed outside the designated packed lunch rooms. This ensures students sit down to eat, and minimises litter around the site.

All pupils are encouraged to drink unflavoured still water to re-hydrate themselves. No fizzy drinks are allowed. It is not the school’s policy to dictate to parents what the content of packed lunches should be but the importance of eating sensibly and healthily should not be understated.Packed lunches can be eaten in three locations: the picnic area between the Hall and the Dining Hall; the Hall and the Benches area.

Free School Meals

Would you like to save £342 a year?

Some families qualify for free school meals – a saving of up to £9 per week.

If you are in receipt of benefits such as income support, jobseekers’ allowance, child tax credit or state pension credit your child may be entitled  to a free school meal.

Further details are available by calling 01524 581 207.  In one phone call you can check if you are eligible, apply and be awarded free meals without having to complete any application forms.

Find out more here 

In exceptional circumstances, if you wish your child to go home for lunch please complete the appropriate request form and return it to school. Please note that if you give permission for your child to go home for lunch, responsibility for your child’s safety, welfare and behaviour passes to you until your child returns to school. The lunchtime period is only 35 minutes long so unless your child lives very close to the school it is usually impractical for them to go home during this period. No students in Year 7 to 11 will gain permission to go to the chip shop or shops for their lunch. Students who do not go home for lunch must stay on the school premises throughout lunchtime unless they have the permission of the Headteacher.