Ashby School provides healthy and appetising meal options for hundreds of students every day.
Affordable restaurant-style main meals, hot subs, filled bagels, jacket potatoes and homemade cakes all encourage students to eat well and lead a healthy lifestyle.
Milkshakes, fruit juices and sparkling mineral water are served as popular alternatives to sugary and fizzy drinks.
Catering staff regularly canvas students’ views on the school’s food outlets.
Nicola Wright, Catering Manager, said: “We are constantly trying out new menu and recipe ideas, based on what the students are buying and what they are telling us they want to eat.
“A lot of the ideas are based on good, old fashioned home cooking – things like roast dinner, bread pudding, and fruit cake.”
The school shows its commitment to animal welfare by using only free range eggs and free range mayonnaise. To safeguard the environment, all waste oil is sold back to the supplier for use as bio diesel.
The school works to a 21-point healthy eating plan, which includes a promise to:
- oven cook or grill, instead of frying;
- avoid artificial flavourings and colourings, wherever possible;
- use semi-skimmed milk;
- reduce fat, sugar and salt in homemade cakes and biscuits;
- offer fresh fruit, salads and vegetables, low fat milk drinks and yogurts every day;
- promote healthier snacks;
- provide free drinking water;
- stock fresh fruit juices, fruit milkshakes and mineral water ;
- serve rice and pasta regularly;
- offer a daily sandwich selection, with low calorie fillings;
- sell all healthy options at a reduced cost;
- omit salt from the cooking process.
No crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks are sold on site, in line with Government recommendations. The number of deep-fried items, such as chips, is limited to just one a week.
Parents with questions or suggestions about any school catering issues are welcome to contact Nicola Wright on 01530 413748 x 222.
Click here to see the school's four-week rolling menu cycle.
Click here to see the Sixth Form Bistro menu.
Click here for the breakfast menu.
Click here for panini and jacket potato menu.
There is more information available for people interested in nutritional issues at www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk