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Ralph Allen School


We are always in the mood for good food!

Catering at Ralph Allen School

We are Aspens Services, a market leading contract catering company specialising in school food. 

We only work in the education sector so we know what our customers want.  Mixing this knowledge with an understanding of what’s hot in the food world sparks creativity and excitement in our chefs. Our kitchens provide delicious home cooked food each day and cater for individual dietary requirements. 

Streateries is our secondary meal offer where everyday has a theme. Featuring Global cuisines, customised offers and food on the move, we are bang up to date with the current trends whilst still ensuring that there is a place on the menu for the comfort of our 

familiar school dining hall favourites. Each day the menu includes as standard a street food dish, a hand held version, vegetarian/vegan choices along with a selection of sides. 

Our Deli Kitchen brand is for the popular standard Aspens hot and cold offers. This can range from Authentic Italian pizza and pasta, Hacienda Mexicana’s burritos, rice pots and sides and Voulez Poulet’s house rub chicken, dogs and sides through to our range of healthy sandwiches, paninis, wraps, jacket potatoes, salads, fruit and cold dessert pots. 


The school menu rotates on a three-week basis and refreshes for Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer seasons.   

Catering NEW

Free School Meals 

You may be entitled to FREE SCHOOL MEALS  

Please click the link to find out more or request the relevant form from the school office:


Special Diets 

Special diets are an integral part of our catering provision, whether as a result of an ethical or religious belief or a food intolerance or allergy.  To register any special diets as a requirement please complete and return the special diets form to the school as soon as possible. 


Our Planet 

We work closely with our clients and suppliers to be as environmentally friendly as we can. By making lots of small changes, we can make a big difference. We care about the future and continue to focus on responsible sourcing, using seasonal produce, increasing our focus on plant-based recipes, making our menus more sustainable, keeping waste to a minimum and reusing and recycling to reduce the impact we have. 


Join Our Team 

It takes some pretty special people to make sure that we give our school children and young adults great food everyday.  We are keen to add to our teams with talented people and so if you are looking for an opportunity to challenge yourself and learn new skills, let us know. 



Lunchtime for Students

Lunch is either, immediately before, during or after period 4.

There are 2 lunch sittings as follows:

  • First lunch: 12.30 – 1.10pm (Period 4 is from 1.10 – 2.10pm
  • Late lunch: 1.30 – 2.10pm. (Period 4 is from 12.30 – 1.30pm)

All students start period 5 at 2.10pm.


Other Timings

Food is served in the Dining Hall and the Snack Shack at the following times:

Dining Hall
  • 11.05-11.25am - Break-time service for all students & staff

  • 12.30-2pm - Lunch-time service for all students & staff: selected times for different year groups

  • After school - catering for events

Snack Shack

Open all day, from 8.15am-2pm

  • 8.15-8.40am - Breakfast Club

  • 11.05-11.25am - break-time service for Years 11, Sixth Form and staff (different year groups may be able to buy break-time snacks at different times of the year, according to demand)

  • 12.30-2pm - Lunch-time service for students & staf

Payment System

The school is entirely cashless.  We have a biometrics system for payment.  You will have received information about this but for FAQs about the biometric system, please click here.

Sample Menu 2023/24

Menu 1Menu 2Menu 3

Enquiries about Catering and Parent Feedback

We would love feedback from parents about the lunch menu and other food at Ralph Allen School.  Please email your comments to Mrs Debbie Ovens, Catering Manager  For example, what is your child's favourite meal?  What would your child like to see more of on the menu?  What else could we serve in the Snack Shack?




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