The Canteen

Since January 2019 our caterers have been Aspens, who are passionate about serving fresh, high quality, and locally-sourced food which they prepare here in our kitchens. They offer a range of meal deals every day at a competitive cost, and run various guest offers, as well as special theme days, to create a buzz in the canteen.  Pupils and their parents can find our more about Aspens at Loreto, and even download a handy app, by clicking here.

Aspens also sell a delicious range of snacks from the sixth form café and “the picnic basket” at breaktime and lunchtime. The picnic basket, pictured below, was generously funded by the Parents Association and first opened in September 2017.

Canteen Payments

The canteen operates a cashless biometric system. This means that rather than paying for their food with cash, each pupil places her finger onto a machine which then transfers payment from their account to the canteen. At the start of Year 7 each pupil registers her fingerprint and this creates a code which is unique to her.

As part of this system, the pupil and/or her parent must make sure there is always some money in her canteen account. Accounts can be topped up online using the ParentPay system, or cash can be put into the re-valuer machine outside the library.

If a pupil forgets her lunch, or does not have enough money to buy it, the school office will lend her what she needs. Naturally, we expect this to be repaid promptly. Pupils entitled to free school meals have their allowance automatically topped up every day, and they can add further funds to this if they wish.

Free School Meals

If you would like to find out whether your family is eligible for free school meals please click here.


Page updated May 2021