The King's School in Macclesfield


      Health & Nutrition

      We recognise the importance of high-quality food and nutritious meals for happy, healthy learners. Our team of dedicated chefs and catering managers, together with the school nurses and Catering Committee, work hard to offer a healthy and appetising selection of school meals.

      King’s works in partnership with specialist catering company Holroyd Howe, which provides services exclusively for independent schools and has repeatedly won Foodservice Caterer of the Year awards and other catering excellence awards. 

      Holroyd Howe pride themselves on:

      • Freshly prepared meals, with fresh ingredients prepared from scratch
      • The highest possible nutritional value of food
      • Sourcing the finest British produce from local farmers & suppliers
      • A minimum fuss approach to preparing and cooking to keep the natural goodness in the food

      Holroyd Howe’s pledge to parents is:

      Since 1997, our ethos and commitment to providing great fresh food served by well-trained people who really care has remained consistent. We approach food service with a simple, no fuss attitude. We use the best British ingredients, nothing processed, nothing added, just honest great food every day.

      We provide a three week rolling menu that changes each term to incorporate seasonal ingredients. All food is cooked on site, from scratch, by our experienced team of chefs, which means that we are able to cater for most needs, food allergies and intolerances. We provide a vegetarian option each day and, as we have a number of pupils with nut allergies, King’s is a nut-free zone.

      In the Infants, we provide a hot, nutritious midday meal and the cost of these is included in school fees. We practice ‘family style dining’, whereby teachers and staff dine with the children who learn the importance of good table manners, how to use a knife and fork correctly, and are encouraged to try a range of different food types.

      In the Juniors and Seniors, pupils are able to make their own selection of food from the options available and they are also able to eat with their friends in the dining halls. As well as the different options for hot meals, there is a salad bar, a ‘lite bites’ counter, fresh fruit, soup, crudites, homemade breads, and water available every day. Junior and Senior pupils can, if they prefer, bring in their own packed lunch, still enjoying the environment of the dining hall and being with their friends.

      Infants MenuJunior Menu

      Senior Fence Avenue Menu

      Cumberland Street Menu

      All pupils are issued with a Smart Card to purchase a school lunch and, in Seniors, a mid-morning snack. Parents use ParentPay to credit their child’s account so as to pay for meals and snacks consumed. Feedback from our pupils is encouraged and this is channeled through the Catering Committees and School Council. 

      Cookery Skills

      Pupils are offered opportunities to participate in a range of activities to learn cooking, baking and catering skills. In both the Infants & Juniors, children are able to start their love of cooking in an after-school Cookery Club.

      In the Seniors, girls and boys can get involved in various bake-offs, cake making and decorating competitions, fundraising cake sales for charity, as well as cookery skills courses and university survival courses. Cookery Clubs and Baking Club are also on offer. Cooking skills are taught by our catering staff as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. We also offer Year 10 pupils a MasterChef course, which teaches a range of catering skills and culminates in pupils hosting a gala dinner for parents and Governors.

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