Catering - Ratcliffe College


Our professional catering team fully support the high quality of education by embracing the importance of nutrition and healthy eating for developing both the body and mind. 

Tasty, nutritious menus are made daily from fresh ingredients of the best quality from local markets and suppliers, whilst conforming to government legislation.

We are proud to have received the highest hygiene ratings as issued by Charnwood Borough council since the program for hygiene ratings was formally introduced in 2010.

Supporting Our School

Every day we delight in the opportunity to show the individuality of the school through our food and service, whether it is each day in the Refectory, or at school events such as Parents’ Evenings, Exhibition day, Prep Prize Giving or Prom night. 

Food Ethics

Our priority is to provide a nutritionally balanced diet, using ethically-produced food as far as possible.

We are committed to providing students and staff with a safe, healthy and nutritionally balanced diet, whilst realising our responsibilities in assisting in the prevention of animal cruelty.

Suppliers are audited regularly to conform to all HACCP’s (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) in order to comply with food safety standards legislation (Food Safety Act 1990).  Suppliers of fresh produce such as meat and poultry must provide evidence of full traceability for all products provided.

Fresh meat and poultry produce used is purchased from reputable local suppliers using food produced under the ‘Red Tractor’ banner scheme which identifies food produced under farm assurance schemes to the British Farm Standard.  Eggs are free range and are purchased from local farms assured under the British Lion mark.   These schemes are independently inspected to show that the food has been produced with concern to the countryside and the care of the animals in mind. 

Allergy Awareness

Food related intolerance has a deep impact on individuals and can be particularly difficult in school.  Our chefs endeavour to ensure the needs of everyone with special dietary requirements are met, without compromise to the dining experience. 

Where possible ingredients are adapted to help with special dietary needs to maintain continuity with the school menu.  For severe food allergies, students and parents are welcome to discuss them with our dedicated medical team and where possible alternative provisions may be arranged.  Our Catering team will do all they can to assist with any allergy requirements, such as gluten free, which are served from our dedicated service counter.

Meal Service

Meals are served to the Nursery, Preparatory and Senior schools in the main refectory where every student can enjoy their dining experience in our very own oak-panelled Harry Potter style Refectory. 

Menus are created to have just the right balance when catering for a varied range of tastes for all ages.  It is important to us to ensure meals are interesting and tasty, with a healthy and nutritious balance for all ages. 

Our Breakfast menu offers a Continental buffet or full English breakfast, with healthier options, such as cereals and porridge, natural yogurt served with an assortment of granola, and a variety of fresh and dried fruits.

For Lunch and Evening meals, there is always a combination of proteins, starches and carbohydrates that reflect the Food Standard Agency Eat Well Guide which cater for both meat and vegetarian diets, e.g. freshly prepared soup of the day, traditional roast dinner, Thai green curry or meatballs and rice.  There is always the option of a jacket potato or pasta with a variety of sauces to choose from.  All are accompanied with a selection of freshly prepared vegetables, for students and staff to help themselves.

The Salad Bar, being our most popular counter, offers a selection of freshly made dishes with vibrant fresh leaf salads, rice dishes and pulses and an assortment of colourful exciting salad dishes freshly prepared each day. 

For Dessert, there is a choice of a traditional hot or cold pudding of the day, or for those who prefer the lighter option, there is an assortment of cheese and biscuits or a variety of fresh fruit to choose from.

Mice in the Ref?

The School Refectory was built in 1913 but it was not until 1936 that the furniture was purchased from the renowned Robert ‘Mousey’ Thompson of Kilburn, Yorkshire. 

Each oak chair donated by the Ratcliffian Association, bears the initials of past pupils, many of whom served in the First World War.  There are also a number of monks’ or prefects’ chairs, purchased for the use of prefects only. 

A number of chairs have Robert Thompson’s signature ‘mouse’ carved on their legs and it is this trademark that has made the furniture well-loved and remembered by all who come to Ratcliffe.