The old adage about an army marching on its stomach is also true of a boarding school! Children and adolescents alike need a healthy and balanced diet to grow, to learn, to have energy for sport and activities and to play and relax well.
All our meals are cooked in house, including for those with individual dietary requirements, and the boarders sit down together to eat, just as a family would at home. In fact most boarders say there is a much better choice than they would get at home, particularly in the mornings!
Breakfast always comprises a selection of cereals, toast and preserves, fresh fruit, yoghurt, fruit juice, tea and coffee. There is also a hot option several times a week such as scrambled eggs, porridge or warm croissants.
There are always at least two hot options for lunch, one with meat and one vegetarian, as well as a salad bar. In addition to fresh fruit and yogurts, there is a daily pudding option – Eton mess and homemade bread and butter pudding are firm favourites!
Suppertime sees a choice of a hot dish, such as homemade sweet and sour chicken with rice or the salad bar (or both!). There is always a pudding available as well as fresh fruit and yoghurt.
Snacks are also provided at morning break, after school and in the boarding house in the evenings.
Our boarders come to us from all over the world, so we make great efforts to cater for all different cultures. Girls have the opportunity to input into the school menus and we appreciate their suggestions. We are also very experienced with dealing with pupils’ individual dietary needs, including students with coeliac disease and those who require a dairy-free diet, and are happy to devise specific menu options to meet particular requirements.
Finally, there are also facilities in the boarding houses for pupils to make their own snacks ‘out of hours’. Girls have access to kettles, toasters and a fridge.