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Revamp of the school canteen

Catering at Preston School is now managed "in house"; we have full control of our catering and are able to make our own decisions as to the type of food on offer.  The Governing Body made this decision because it was felt that by going "in-house" the school would be able to do a much better job and to offer better value for money. We have spent £20000 re-designing the school canteen.  There has been new ceiling, floor and lighting, new furniture throughout and a coffee bar.  Redecoration has taken place alongside a new water fountain, wireless access and digital signage. Much of this was instigated as a result of the analysis of a whole school survey with regards to the use of the canteen.  We will also be making changes in the type of menu offered and we shall be investigating ways to encourage more students using the canteen.     Our Student Voice team selected the type and colour of flooring that has been laid and selected the style of tables and chairs.  They conducted the survey across the school and came back with the name for the canteen to be "The Hub".  This group shall be investigating ways in which we can promote the menus and types of food available through the use of our desktop computers, digital signage and hard copies.  The group will be working with the catering staff on the co-construction of menus.  They also anticipate the opportunity to listen to local radio and possibly watch videos etc. will be available very soon.Some of the other results from the survey were:

  • Healthy eating scheme – 43% said Yes

  • Favourite snacks (in order) were: Pizza, Baguettes, Wraps, Pasta, Panini, Fruit, and Fruit Salad.

  • 67% said that they would be tempted to go to the canteen for Theme Days.

  • 79% would like advance warning of Full meal menus.

Everyone has lunch on site

To coincide with these changes, students will no longer be allowed to go home for lunch – all students will stay on site and can either have their lunch in the canteen or bring a packed lunch to school. All parents of students who currently leave the site at lunchtimes have been consulted.



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