Food & Mealtimes

Throughout their time at Winchester House children are encouraged to enjoy a wide range of foods and dishes. All meals are freshly prepared in our kitchen and the emphasis is on homemade dishes with fresh ingredients using the very best quality, local and seasonal produce to ensure we provide wholesome and nutritionally balanced meals. 

Healthy eating is a vital part of school life and we believe that delicious and nutritious food plays a huge part in wellbeing and this in turn leads to happy and productive children. Food is freshly cooked using healthier cooking techniques such as stir-frying, steaming and baking, rather than frying or boiling. We reduce salt by flavouring with herbs and spices and reduce sugar by flavouring with dried fruit and the natural sweetness of honey and root vegetables. 

As well as main meals, children enjoy morning and afternoon snacks that include cheese straws, pigs in blankets, apple wedges and berry milkshake. 


Meal times are an important part of school life. Each meal starts and ends with grace and our ‘family service’ style, where staff sit with the children, means we can encourage good table manners, politeness and engaging mealtime conversation.

Staff are also on-hand to help encourage children when trying new food and ensure all children eat a balanced meal. 

Special Dietary Requirements

We know that some pupils and staff suffer from food allergies and intolerances, and we ensure that everyone is catered for safely in accordance with their dietary requirements and religious beliefs. 

Outside the Dining Room

Outside the dining room we promote healthy eating outside the dining room with workshops and assemblies to provide children and parents with a deeper and long-lasting insight into the benefits of healthy eating and encourage them to develop a life-long love of good food.