Eating at School

All our students can take advantage of freshly cooked, nutritional food which is prepared daily in school and served by a committed, enthusiastic and caring catering team. We have adopted the Government’s food based and nutrient based standards for the school meals. To ensure compliance we follow recipes prepared by Essex County Council and put on the dishes the students like best in a balanced menu.

The menu changes on a regular basis to give a good variety of meals suiting all tastes, but always including a traditional main meal with vegetables, a vegetarian choice, pasta with sauces and jacket potatoes. There are always sandwiches, rolls and wraps available and a selection of hot Grab and Go items, e.g. pizza slices, bacon rolls and hot wraps.

Menus & Prices

Click here for our Three-Weekly Cycle Menu

Click here to see Grab & Go prices




Cashless Catering


We have introduced a biometric catering system to enable the students to be served more efficiently and quickly. There will be no exchange of money and queues will be kept to a minimum. The biometric system ensures complete confidentiality for students entitled to free school meals.

Its verification is unique to the system at St Helena School, so the biometric data could not be taken and used in other systems.

The system ensures greater security as students no longer need to carry cash around school on a daily basis. It also ensures money provided by parents to pay for school meals is used only for that purpose. Payment is made via ParentPay (internet payment). Terminals are available in the school reception for parents who do not have access at home. Parents can track what their child has had to eat with a full report produced by the Catering Manager on request, and can also view students' payments and purchases and daily balance via their ParentPay account. A daily spend limit can be added to students' accounts enabling parents to control their child’s spending.

As part of a healthy school it is important to consider the food that our students eat at during the day.

Below are some images and links that can be used to help create a healthy approach.


Packed Lunches

Students have access to seated areas in our canteen and gym, where they can eat food they have brought to school. There are also a range of outside areas and covered seating where students can eat.

Click on the links below for more information about healthy foods for lunchboxes:

St Helena School

Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3LE 


Phone: 01206 572253

The Sigma Trust t/a St Helena School

Walton Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 6DZ

Registered Company No:  07926573

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