Breakfast Club (8.20 - 8.40am)

For those who have not had time for breakfast or need fuel to get through the morning:

  • Hot buttered toast or crumpet - 20p
  • Half hot crusty baguette - 30p
  • Selection of jams and butter - 10p
  • Bowl of cereal or porridge including milk and sugar - 60p
  • Hot chocolate, tea or coffee - 40p
  • Extensive selection of fruit juices, milkshakes and healthy soft drinks - from 25p
  • Fresh fruit - from 30p
  • Dried fruit snacks - 15p & 30p
  • Bottled water (in 3 sizes) - 30p, 40p & 50p

Morning Break (11.00 - 11.20am)

  • Cold wraps - £1.40
  • Wide selection of filled hot crusty paninis - £1.75
  • Bacon baguettes/rolls from - 90p
  • Freshly filled baguettes - £1.20 / £1.60
  • Selection of sandwiches from - 90p - £1.10
  • Homemade plain/cheese scones - 60p
  • Pizza slice (pepperoni, cheese or ham) - 90p
  • Soup - 50p
  • Hot tomato pasta pot - 50p
  • Crusty petit pan - 30p
  • Croissants - 50p

Payment for Food

Ten years ago, Caldew made the headlines by being the first school in Cumbria to introduce a biometric system for food service.

This involves taking the fingerprint of each new member of staff or student, usually this happens on induction day. Once on our system, accounts can be topped up at any of the three machines sited around school where a gel pad will recognise a registered person when they place their finger on it. Coins or notes can be fed into the machine on a daily or weekly basis, it is up to the user to monitor their own account and make sure they have ample funds before entering the dining area as there is no money handled at the checkouts, the intention is to speed up the service.

The machines accept new and old £10 notes but will no longer accept the old £5 note and the old £1 coin.

All students now have an Ipay account which is the on-line payment system for the school’s catering. If you have not received these details for your child, or need a reminder of the log-in details, please contact the school.

We are happy to provide a weekly or monthly printout of what your child has been purchasing in the dining hall – please contact school to request this. We can also put a daily limit on your child’s account. Please note that this information can also be seen online via the Ipay system.

Lunch Service (12.20 - 1.00pm)

We pride ourselves on the quality service we offer. We serve a variety of home-made main course dishes every day including vegetarian and gluten free options from £1.90.


We strive to use local suppliers and locally sourced fresh ingredients such as Lakeland beef, providing nutritionally balanced menus at unbelievably low prices.


As well as our daily menu, sandwiches, rolls and baguettes, we offer:

  • Jacket potato - 70p, with a variety of cold fillings for 65p, or hot fillings for £1.10
  • Filled pasta boxes with chicken and bacon or tuna - 80p, or tomato only 60p
  • Soup - 50p, crusty rolls - 30p

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we also serve home-made pizzas at just 90p per slice. We serve chips twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) at only 95p.


All of our wonderful tray bakes are still only 60p and are home-made at Caldew by our assistant cook Gwen who has been producing quality cakes for over 30 years

Hot puddings - 60p

Please remember you can only have a cake as part of your meal.

Awards & Qualifications

The catering team are very proud to hold the top food hygiene rating of 5: very good.

All catering staff have a Level 2 qualification in food hygiene.

We have a welcoming, helpful catering team here at Caldew who pull out all the stops when we have a theme day! The high quality and wide variety of the food provided is something that Caldew is well known for.

We are committed to providing healthy, wholesome value for money food and are happy to answer any queries or discuss any dietary requirements or allergen concerns. Please call Mrs Brigid Mason, Catering Manager, 01228 710149.

The strengthening of care and support has had a positive impact on most pupils. It was clearly visible when inspectors met pupils during the inspection. They demonstrated confidence as learners, and typically enjoyed positive interactions with one another and adults.

Ofsted 2018

Leaders have taken positive steps to widen pupils’ participation in the range of cultural, creative and sporting activities that take place beyond lessons, including for the significant proportion of pupils who do not live locally.

Ofsted 2018

The support for pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan is matched to their specific requirements. Consequently, these pupils typically make good progress and move on to next steps in education and employment.

Ofsted 2018

Students make good progress because of the typically strong standard of teaching.

Ofsted 2018

Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is effective.

Ofsted 2018