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Our contract caterers, Holroyd Howe, provide first-class lunches for our pupils. These offer a healthy, balanced, nutritious diet each day for our pupils. Holroyd Howe also provide excellent breakfasts, which are available for pupils to purchase, and catering for special functions.

To ensure that all pupils are catered for, there are times that you may need to discuss individual needs with us. We request you contact either the School Nurse or the Catering Department

Frequently asked questions:

What sort of meals can I expect my child to have at school?

Each day we provide a range of meal options, including hot main courses, vegetarian and vegan options, pasta/jacket potatoes, salads, fruit and vegetables, and hot and cold desserts. View typical menus here.

Can my child bring in a packed lunch?

It is important that pupils have a nutritious meal in the middle of the day and eating together helps to build friendships and strengthen the QEH community.


The lunch charge is compulsory for pupils in the Junior School and in Years 7-11. Sixth Form students can opt out of school lunches if they wish, but we require their parents to give a term’s notice in writing to the Bursar.

Lunches represent excellent value for money. Details of the school lunch charge, which is added to the termly fee account, can be found on the fees section of the website.

My child is a vegetarian. Do you cater for this?

Each day we provide a delicious hot and cold vegetarian option.

Is your meat Halal?

All our meat is Halal approved. On rare occasions when unable to source Halal meat, we ensure that the menu highlights this.

My child has a severe allergy (to nuts/eggs/shellfish/etc.). What is your policy?

We ask parents to notify us if your child has any food allergies or intolerances and to keep us updated as necessary. We try to avoid common allergens and clearly label dishes where this is not possible. The catering team does not use nuts in any meals. However, we cannot guarantee that ingredients purchased have not been in contact with nuts during manufacture.

We ask that parents do not use nuts in any form if they provide cakes during cake sales and avoid providing snacks for their children at school which may contain nuts.

View the QEH Anaphylaxis Policy

My child has been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. How will this affect them?

Please contact the School Nurse who will arrange for the catering team to supply a Coeliac-appropriate diet.

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