9th January, 2020

Catering Policy

Trinity has its own in-house catering team that provide a varied, healthy and nutritious menu. The catering team are also committed to government guidelines and try to exceed them where possible. The canteen offers a varied menu throughout the day – at breaktime and lunchtime – providing nutritious home cooked meals using as many fresh ingredients as possible.

Overall, the school recognises the important connection between a healthy diet and a student’s ability to learn effectively. The catering team help students make healthier choices by increasing awareness about food nutrition and we achieve this through leaflets, information and posters.

This is further supported by the school food policy of no carbonated sugar drinks, chocolate bars sold through the canteen. Furthermore, chewing gum is banned on the premises. We do not serve cakes or biscuits at breaktime and only allow one per pupil at lunchtime. We subsidise prices on healthy options passing on increases through indulgent items as a recovery.

In accordance with the wishes of the Bishop of England and Wales, we practice the abstinence of meat, and therefore not serve meat, on a Friday.

We offer students a range of foods from around the world and seek to promote variety in everyone’s diet.

Cashless Catering

Trinity has a Cashless system which allows students to make payments through the use of cards. It reduces the responsibility of carrying money and allows pupils to keep an account of their balance. Parents can access a report of what their child has purchased through their School Gateway account. We also have the ability to set up a daily spend limit. Most importantly, the system alerts our staff of any allergies. If your child has allergies, please inform the school.

In March 2008, the School Food Trust conducted research into cashless catering systems and identified the following benefits:

For Pupils

  • Removes stigma for free school meal pupils by protecting their anonymity at the point of sale
  • Reduces queuing by speeding up delivery at the point of sale
  • Easy to use

For Parents

  • The card can be topped up online which ensures the money is used to purchase a school lunch
  • Can request a report on the eating habits of their child
  • Can set a daily spend limit
  • Alert staff to any allergies

Cashless Cards

Catering on both sites is charged for via the Trinity Identity Card issued to all staff and pupils. These cards can be charged online via School Gateway accounts or using the Revaluation Machines found in the Upper School Social Area, Lower School Canteen Entrance or the Corridor near the Sixth Form Common.

All transactions can be tracked via the School Gateway using the app on a smart phone or the website from any computer. This allows parents to track pupil purchases and top-ups. Similarly, if necessary, Progress Co-ordinators can retreive this information from the offices on either site.

The same card that is used for catering can also be used to collect printing / copying in school.

Pupil City Card

Free School Meals

Is your child entitled to free school meals? If they are, please register. At Trinity, the cashless system is highly effective in ensuring that students in receipt of free school meals remains confidential. The entitlement is automatically added to their account and they pay at the till in the same way other students. By removing cash from school canteens, free school meals pupils are immediately given anonymity.

For information on free school meals and to see if your child qualifies, please contact the School Office:

Email: office@trinity.nottingham.sch.uk

Telephone: 0115 929 6251

Food Hygiene

The canteen has a 5H award for hygiene, the highest food award on several visits from the environmental health inspectors. Criteria used to measure our hygiene rating are:

  • The current level of compliance of food hygiene practices and procedures including food handling practices, temperature control and potential cross contamination from raw to cooked food.
  • The current level of compliance relating to the structure of the premises including cleanliness, lay- out, condition of the structure, lighting, ventilation, washing facilities etc.
  • Confidence in management of the business.


The Head Chef, Trevor Cummings, is always ready to hear from parents on matters related to Trinity Food Service.

Telephone: 0115 929 6251

Email: t.cummings@trinity.nottingham.sch.uk

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