I would like to formally introduce myself to you. My name is Mr Scott Caulton and I am the Catering Manager at John Flamsteed Community School. I am responsible for providing a nutritious and well-balanced meal along with my team of experienced catering staff.
I have worked in catering for several years and I pride myself in using home cooked fresh ingredients including making our own cakes and cookies on a daily basis. We try and use organic produce wherever possible.
We offer a variety of vegetarian options and can cater for all your child’s needs including those relating to allergens, diabetics, nut allergies etc. Should your child have any special dietary requirements please complete the relevant section on the admission form.
Meals in secondary schools are very different to primary schools. Firstly, there are three different service times, so food will be available at:
- 8am – 8.30am Breakfast
- 11.05am – 11.30am Morning break
- 12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch time
Breakfast and Morning break the system is grab and go, we also have sandwich pods which offer a grab and go system. This will be open for break and lunch and offers a selection of sandwiches, healthy snacks and drinks.
Lunch is served similar to a café; this means that you will choose from a selection of hot food and drinks.
During lunch most food items are available as a meal deal for £2.60 which includes a main meal or sandwich, dessert and a drink.
Alternatively, all items can be bought individually. The method of payment is different to primary schools. We operate on a cashless system which means money can be loaded onto Parentpay or cash can be loaded onto the revaluation machines at school.
If you are entitled to free school meals you will automatically get a daily meal allowance of £2.60 added to your account for you to spend throughout the day. Any questions about free school meals please contact Derbyshire County Council.
We hope you enjoy your meal at John Flamsteed and if there is any question please ask the catering team.
British Farm Assured Chicken and Bacon Pie
Vegetarian option available
Served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Apple strudel and custard, fresh fruit or yoghurt
Organic Tomato and Basil Meatballs & spaghetti
Both served with seasonal vegetables
Sticky toffee sponge and custard or fresh fruit
Roast dinner day with all the trimmings
Vegetarian option available
Both served with roast potatoes, mash and seasonal vegetables
Cornflake tart and custard, yoghurt or fresh fruit
British Farm Assured Chicken Curry
Both served with Garlic and coriander naan bread and sunshine rice
Double chocolate sponge cake or fresh fruit
Fish of the day
Both served with chips and a choice of gravy, garden peas and beans
Carrot muffin, fresh fruit or yogurt
|Food/Drink main meal Item price examples
|Main Meal (only)
|Meal Deal – consists of a main meal, desert and drink
|Main Meal and Dessert
|Cold and hot drinks
|Many more items available
Cashless Biometric System
We currently use a Biometric System as part of our school catering service. This is a cashless payment system for all meals, drinks and snacks purchased in school. Each student will have their own personal account from which payments can be taken whenever food or drinks are purchased in the school canteen. On your child’s induction days they will be asked to provide a fingerprint (if you have given your consent via the student information sheet included) to set up their account on the biometric based computer system. Once an account has been created the computer software converts the fingerprint into a machine-readable code made up of letters and numbers. Once this alpha-numeric code has been created the fingerprint image is no longer required and so it is automatically destroyed by the system. The database which the system creates and uses comprises the student’s name and the code generated from their fingerprint and not their actual fingerprint. I would like to stress that this biometric code cannot be used by any other agency.
The system will then enable your child to pay into their account at a ‘paying in’ point or via parent pay (further details on how to access your child’s account will be issued to you at a later date). Once authorisation has been given by placing their finger on a scanner, this then identifies the student’s name, form and their current cash balance held on the system. The selected food/drink items will be entered into the system via an itemised keyboard; the amount and the new cash balance will show on a display so the student knows exactly how much they have spent and how much money they have left. Parents can request a daily ‘spend limit’ per day which can be increased or decreased by making a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that we do not allow or encourage any students to pay for or indeed lend any money to another student for their meals or snacks. This will be supervised by the catering team and will be reported should there be an incident of this nature. Should your child forget or run out of money in their account they will need to speak to Student Services. Your child does not have to go without a meal or drink and one will be provided. However, please ensure any outstanding monies are paid the following day in order to keep their account up to date.