In House Catering

In April 2016, Benson Community School made the decision to bring the school kitchen services ‘in-house’. The benefits of self-managing our catering operation include:- Opportunity to improve the quality, choice and flexibility of menus, Total financial control

To help Benson with this we employed a management company called Catering Management Consultants (CMC, please provide link to website They offer support with aspects such as staff training, menu compliance & health & safety.

Benson complies with the school food standards. This means we must provide: high-quality meat, poultry or oily fish,fruit and vegetables,bread, other cereals and potatoes

Benson can’t provide: drinks with added sugar, crisps, chocolate or sweets in school meals and vending machines, more than 2 portions of deep-fried, battered or breaded food a week

We work on a 3 week cycle for our menus. This allows us to provide a variety of meals that caters for all the children’s needs. They are changed twice a year. Copies are provided below.


School Dinner Menu
School Dinner Menu weekly rota

Paying Dinner Money

Here at Benson we use Cunninghams cashless system which recognises each individual pupil, holds individual cash balances, records cash spent and cash received on any specific date and time of day.

Each pupil will have their fingerprint registered which will then be translated to an Alpha Numeric number, when used this will enter them into the system program and identify them by a number.

All monies will need to be entered on to the Revaluation Station which is located near the school office. Pupils enter in their pin numbers and the system automatically displays the pupils name and current cash balance held within the system. Coins and notes are inserted into the slot. (Machine only accepts £20 £10 £5 notes, £2 £1 50p 10p coins). Each incremental cash balance will show on the display.

Dinner money should be paid on a weekly basis so the account is free of any arrears. Outstanding dinner balance letters are sent out on a weekly basis as a gentle reminder to clear the balance.

Benson School Packed Lunch Guide