Derbyshire Catering Service are proud to provide the catering service at St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Derbyshire Catering Service is a national award winning service, serving school food throughout the East Midlands. We pride ourselves on our healthy, nutritious, well balanced meals which are served in around 380 education settings.

We cater for all schools regardless of size or facilities and currently feed around 50,000 pupils a day.

With over 70 years’ experience in our sector, we understand the importance of investing in the health and wellbeing of children. We want children to achieve and realise their potential.

Our menus exceed current Government School Food Standards and offer:

  • freshly prepared meals
  • British Farm Assured meat
  • Variety across the week
  • Reduced sugar recipes
  • Whole grain products
  • No undesirable additvies or artificial trans fats

The menus are accredited with the Food for Life Catering Mark. They are annually scrutinised to ensure they continually meet the criteria regarding provenance and preparation of the food.

Free School Meals

It is quick and easy to check if you are eligible for Free School Meals.

If your circumstances change, you can sign-up for free school meals at any time of the year.

For more information and the online application form go to

You can call the Derbyshire free school meals team for help and advice on 01629 536400 or 01629 536481.

Menu & Prices

Secondary schools offer cafeteria style dining faciliites, with a range of freshly prepared hot meals, jacket potatoes, salads, pasta, sandwiches and snacks. Alongside the main dinner service, most schools offer a breakfast and a morning break service. Items can be purchased individually or as part of a meal deal.

Meal deals change daily and are made up of a balanced two course meal for a cost of £2.35 or £2.60 including a drink. Desserts include a daily hot or cold special, yoghurt or fresh fruit. A variety of healthier drinks are on offer with fresh drinking water readily available.

The free school meal allowance for secondary students is £2.50 per day. This is automatically credited to the pupil’s account and allows them to take advantage of the £2.50 Meal Deal.  Monies not used from this allowance can’t be rolled over to the next day. (Prices correct as of September 2021) Additional monies can be credited if desired.

Most schools offer cashless payment systems using either card or biometric methods.

Lunchtime Takeovers

Every month our menu is taken over for one lunch time only, you can expect to see anything from a cheeky Chicken Fake Away to Caribbean street food. Got an idea for a takeover? Let your school council know! Click here for more details.

Spring/Summer 22 Menus

Our new Food Central Spring/Summer Menus include dishes from Quorn’s Green StreEAT Kitchen. The Green StreEAT kitchen brings the best flavours from the high street and cooks with the environment in mind. Every dish is vegan and packed full of flavour, look out for the Green StreEAT logo on your menu! We’re also proud that all of our Organic beef meatballs and burgers come from  Lower Hurst Farm in Buxton, you can find out more here:

If you have any meal suggestions please e-mail


Menu A

Week commencing

4th July

29th August

19th September

10th October

Menu B

Week commencing

11th July

5th September

26th September

17th October

Menu C

Week commencing

18th July

12th September

3rd October