Catering at Queen Mary’s Grammar School

The School has appointed Harrison Catering Services Limited (HCS) to provide catering services to students and staff. Founded in 1994, HCS is an independent family-owned company providing contract catering across the UK. The HCS offering is centred around the on-site preparation and cooking of top quality meals made with at least 90% fresh ingredients. Currently over 100 clients enjoy a Harrison food service, with more than 100,000 meals being served each day in more than 270 locations.

Harrison Catering Services offer a wide range of food at break and lunch time. The offer a meal deal which combines the main meal with a hot dessert for £2.30 per day which represents a 35p reduction compared to the cost of buying these separately. There is a choice of main meal every day. The main meal offering changes every day over a rolling three weekly cycle. In addition pupils can purchase other food items which are priced individually. A copy of the complete tariff is shown in the file QMGS catering prices file below.

Cashless Catering

The school uses a biometric fingerprint system (BioStore) to facilitate catering payments for food in the canteen. The account can be topped up using ParentPay.

Biostore Cashless System (pdf)

Theme Days

Theme Day Calendar (pdf)
Celebrate Chinese New Year (pdf)
Taste of India with Holi Festival of Colours (pdf)
Celebrate St Georges Day with a Taste Tour of Great Britain
Festival of Football “The FA Cup Final”

Main Meal Menu options

Week 1 (pdf)
Week 2 (pdf)

Important Information about Food Allergy or Intolerance

Queen Mary’s Grammar School Catering Prices

Provision of halal meals

A growing number of students and parents have been requesting halal meals. Harrison Catering Services are therefore now providing both halal meals and non-halal meals, which are:

• prepared in separate cooking equipment, washed separately after service
• held in separate colour coded servery dishes and served using separate colour coded utensils
• clearly identified to staff and students at the point of sale

Harrison source halal food from a trusted supplier who sources from accredited halal bodies. Meat is produced in line with EU rules and Harrison policy is that all animals must be stunned. The supplier is John Sheppard Butchers Ltd, Bristol, and details of the approved bodies can be found by clicking on the link below.

QMGS Halal Certification

Sixth form catering provision

Café 6 was developed in 2013 for Sixth Form students, and provides a more collegial environment. With growing numbers of pupils in School from September 2016 food services for Sixth Form students are also available in the Sixth Form Collier centre.

Pre ordering food

Pupils may pre-order baguettes and sandwiches in the morning for collection at lunch time. A pre order form must be completed and given to the Catering team and pupils are required to pay at the time of pre-order.

Student food choices and ParentPay

Pupils have a wide range of food, drinks and snacks they can purchase at School and the freedom to choose their options. We strongly encourage parents to review their son/daughter’s food choices online. This can be done by accessing “meal options” in ParentPay. on / daughter’s food allowance.