An Introduction to Catering at Droitwich Spa High School and Sixth Form Centre                                                       

We have been providing catering in house for many years whereby students can enjoy a range of healthy and popular food at breakfast, break-time & lunchtime, which complies with the School Food Plan and School Food Standards Regulations. The manner in which it is purchased, delivered and served is a key priority for us, in order to have a meaningful impact on the education of children.

We operate in 3 catering outlets:-

  • The Big Apple which is situated between the Science Block and the Main Classroom Block
  • The Little Apple Cafe in the S&T Block at the far end of site
  • The Apple Core in the 6th Form area.

On the last inspection from Worcester Regulatory Services, we were awarded the 5-Star Food Hygiene Rating, which has been maintained since 2010.

The Catering facility operates a biometric system for students to purchase their food items. The system incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need to carry cash throughout the day thus reducing the risk of bullying or losing it on the way to School. Using ‘thumb print’ recognition technology, the system works by taking measurements of the thumbprint, but they do not capture a complete image. Schools cannot use biometric information for any reason other than for the express purpose for which it was collected. This means that the original thumbprint cannot be reconstructed from the data.

Under GDPR regulations, biometric permission is required prior to the ‘thumb scan’ on the first day of term, however there is an alternative of a pin number if permission is neither received nor granted.

There is a wide variety of menu choices all of which are prepared on site. The menus and price lists are on the School Website and on the Portal, they are based around the school timetable of Week A & Week B. Allergen information is available on menu content for all items.

The food offer is as follows with Meat Free Mondays every week: –

–         Hot Snack Meals in a Pot

–         Hot Vegetarian Snack Meals in a Pot

–         Hot Tasty Snack Choices

–         Jacket Potatoes with Fillings

–         Baguettes, Sandwiches, & Wraps

–         Salad & Cold Pasta pots

–         Fruit and Home-made Yogurt

–         Home-baked Cakes and Cookies

–         Cold Drinks and Ice-creams 

We do not accept any cash as it is a totally ‘cashless’ operation in order for the speed of service to be as effective as possible, however by working with Parent-Pay, payments can be made by you online and sent direct into the students account.

The Payment options available to you are Parent Pay and Pay Point

The introduction of Parent Pay is not only used for adding credit for school meals, but also is the necessary requirement for trip payments, revision guides, workbooks, DofE expeditions, prom and theatre tickets. All students will need to have an active account during their time here to participate in these items.

Information to activate a Parent Pay account

If you had a Parent Pay account at your previous School, you will still need to activate a new account for Droitwich Spa High School otherwise your credit will be allocated to the middle school.

Letters with activation details will be sent out to home addresses of all prospective year 8’s prior to starting in September in order to create/activate the Parent Pay account.

Paying with a credit or debit card online with Parent Pay

Parent Pay offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – safe in the knowledge that the method used is of the highest internet security available.

You will have a secure online account, activated by using a unique username and password. If you have more than one child at our school or children at other Parent Pay schools, you can create a single account login for all your children.

Making a payment is straightforward and Parent Pay holds a payment history for you to view at a later date; no card details are stored in any part of the system. Once you have activated your individual account you can make online payments straight away.

Paying with cash using Pay Point

Please contact the Finance Office if you wish to pay for school meals in this way, you will need to receive a letter carrying a barcode to enable you to pay at Pay Point stores.

Pay Point payments are recorded by Parent Pay and can be seen by logging into your Parent Pay account and viewing your payment history online. There are 5 Pay Point stores near to school.

How much credit is on a student’s catering account?

The catering account balance can be found on your Parent Pay account or students can check their balance at the tills after being served. It is essential to stay in credit for School Meals if students wish to purchase items.

A lend can be requested if funds are low and e-payments have not yet come through the system or if students have forgotten to bring food from home. Repayment is made directly once the ParentPay account is topped up.  If you would prefer not to have lends applied, please advise by emailing the school kitchen.

Transaction details

If you would like to know more information about what items the money allocated onto school meals is being spent on, we are able to supply a detailed transaction report which shows dates, times and each item purchased as well as the e-payments being made. Please request by emailing the school kitchen.

Pupil Spending Limits

Each student has a spending limit on his or her catering account of £5 per service unless instructed otherwise. If you would like a different limit set, such as a total amount to spend per day or some at break or lunch, this can be arranged by emailing the school kitchen with student name, tutor group and your preferences in order to be allocated in the system.

This is especially helpful when paying a larger amount online instead of making daily payments but not wanting it all to be spent quickly.

Full Price List
Week A Menu
Week B Menu
Parent Pay

If you have any comments, questions or queries at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us: –

  • Phone 01905 774421 ext. 6073 or press the option for catering on the automated message
File NameDateAuthor
5 star Food Hygiene Rating 2018June 15, 2020
Allergens (FSA)June 15, 2020
Allergens SignJune 15, 2020
NASBM School Support Staff Team Award 2013June 15, 2020
School Food StandardsJune 15, 2020