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School meals are cooked fresh on-site by our in-house team. You can view the full current menu below.

Our students have access to a hot main meal everyday plus a daily special, a variety of chilled pasta pots, sandwiches, baguettes, wraps, hot Paninis or chicken/ Quorn baguettes plus jacket potatoes. We also cater for a range of dietary requirements, including gluten-free, vegetarian and our vegan alternatives are also increasing.

Here at Hope Valley College we are proud to use British and sustainable produce. All of our meat is Red Tractor assured, meaning you can be confident that the food your child chooses to consume comes from a safe, traceable and responsible source that supports British farmers. Our cod is also derived from MSC (marine stewardship council) fisheries and therefore conforms to their scientific measure of sustainability.

In short, our catering team strives to mirror the enthusiasm our students display in relation to current ecological and environmental issues. This ranges from the products we source to the packaging we use and our aim to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics. We use biodegradable packaging where possible and, as you may know, no longer sell plastic bottles. Instead, we offer school-compliant canned drinks and our students are excellent at using the recycling facility we provide for these.

The pride we feel in the service we offer naturally extends into the desire to offer students healthy, nutritious meals

If you have any questions or queries regarding our catering department, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the school.


Free School Meals

Applying for free school meals is straightforward, confidential and online and can save you approximately £400 a year. Your child’s lunch account is automatically and confidentially credited with £2.36 each day (enough for a meal deal). Parents can top up this amount with extra cash as usual, if they wish. The money cannot be carried over, so starts afresh each day.

In addition, Hope Valley College receives an extra £1,300 per student who receives free school meals. This helps us to provide more help and support, e.g. subsidised or free enrichment activities, such as trips or guitar lessons.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The Guarantee element of the State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of no more than £16,190)
  • Universal Credit

Apply now to via Derbyshire Local Authority here.