Catering at Backwell School

All catering at Backwell School is provided by Aspens.


They specialise in providing catering for schools and are passionate about serving fresh, high quality and locally sourced food that is freshly cooked in our school kitchens daily. They use British, Red Tractor Farm Assured meat, fish from sustainable sources, free range eggs and locally sourced fruit and vegetables; fresh fruit and vegetables from A. David, fresh meat and dairy from Lye Cross Farm and our bakery items  from Pullins Bakery. These are just a few of the local suppliers used to create menus and food on offer to all at Backwell.

Service Times

Breakfast is served from 8.00 am – 8.45 am in the Main Canteen

Breaktime is 10.50 am – 11.10 am available from all dining areas

Lunch is served 12.50 pm – 1.30 pm available from all dining areas

Students in Years 10 and 11 can also purchase hot deli items, sandwiches and snacks from the 'Quad Pod'!


Our Sixth Form Canteen is open for post-16 students daily 8.00 am until 3.30 pm

Menus and Price Lists

Aspens offer exciting new menus and regular themed days offering our students the opportunity to try different foods and make lunch times fun and exciting.

Details of the variety of nutritious main meals, desserts and hot deli options are listed here

A full price list for the food on offer can be seen here.

Aspens also offer warm snacks, fresh fruit, granola and yogurt at Breaktime.

In addition to the items on the menus above a range of salads, sandwiches and snacks are offered daily.

Should you child have any questions about the food or specific dietary requirements they can speak to the canteen staff.

If you want to find out more about Aspens you can visit their website.

Packed Lunches

Students are welcome to bring a packed lunch into school if they do not want to use the catering services on offer.  We would, however, request that when packing snacks or lunch boxes for your child(ren), you refrain from including nuts.  Whilst we appreciate that they are a healthy and nutritious snack, we do have students who suffer from serious nut allergies and the presence of nuts in the environment can cause an allergic reaction.  Obviously many products contain, or may contain nuts, these pose a much smaller risk to those with allergies ... so it is whole or pure nut products that we would ask you to avoid sending in with your child.  Your cooperation in this matter is much appreciated.  

Cashless Catering

As part of this we operate a cashless catering system, which provides us with an efficient, fast and ultimately better quality of service.


The cashless system operates using a biometric reader whereby an individual account is created for each student, using their thumb or finger as a means of identification.  Please be assured that this information remains within the school and that the biometric information taken is an algorithm and not an actual finger print and is only compatible with the Cashless System.   The advantage of this system means that there is no need for students to carry a card as the system recognises their thumb or finger at the tills and eliminates the need for students to bring cash to school. 

Parents can add money on to their child's catering account using Parent Pay.

There is a default maximum spend for each child of £5.00 per day.  Should you wish to increase or decrease this amount please contact our Finance Office,, who can facilitate this for you.

Please note should your child not have sufficient funds on their catering account to make a purchase Aspens do not offer an overdraft facility. Should this situation arise your child will always be provided with something to eat at lunchtime that day. The cost of this will be taken out of their account once it has been topped up via Parent Pay.

Cashless catering FAQs

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