The catering at Swanwick Hall is provided by Aspens, a highly experienced catering provider for the education sector. They provide a wide range of tasty meals, refreshments, and snacks for our students whilst raising awareness around nutrition and mindful eating.

Deli Kitchen

The Deli Kitchen brand is for the popular standard Aspens hot and cold offers. This can range from Authentic Italian pizza and pasta, Hacienda Mexicana’s burritos, rice pots and sides and Voulez Poulet’s house rub chicken, dogs and sides through to our range of healthy sandwiches, paninis, wraps, jacket potatoes, salads, fruit and cold dessert pots.


Streateries is the secondary meal offer where every day has a theme. Featuring Global cuisines, customised offers and food on the move, they are bang up to date with the current trends whilst still ensuring that there is a place on the menu for the comfort of our familiar school dining hall favourites. Each day the menu includes as standard a street food dish, a hand held version, vegetarian/vegan choices along with a selection of sides.

Breakfast Club

Open daily 8.00am to 8.20am to all students, with a range of hot and cold food and drink items available for purchase

Aspens – Swanwick Hall Breakfast


From September 2023, all students now have access to tuckshop at breaktimes

Mid-Morning Breaktime Menu Week 1

Mid-Morning Breaktime Menu Week 2

Aspens, our catering provider, have requested details of students who have food allergies to enable them to comply with regulations and to ensure that all students are catered for. A letter from Aspens is below which contains more information. If you child has a food allergy, please complete the form below and return to school, for the attention of Kate Parkin, and this will be passed onto the dining room.

Special Diets Parent Letter

Alternative Menu Form (Allergy & Lifestyle Notification And Medical Diet Request)

Free school meal entitlement

All children aged 3 to 18 at Derbyshire nurseries or schools can get a free meal if they qualify.

Qualifying criteria:

  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Universal Credit is in place for new claims but existing claims for ‘legacy’ benefits (Income Support, Income-Based JSA, Income-Related ESA, Tax Credits, Housing Benefit) may continue until 2024 or later.

Until April 2018, all claimants of Universal Credit could claim free school meals. From 1 April 2018 for new claimants, you can claim free school meals on Universal Credit provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400. This is assessed by earnings from up to 3 of your most recent ‘assessment periods’.

If you were already receiving help with school meals prior to 1 April 2018 you’ll remain eligible until your child finishes the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2023.

Read more about free school meals guidance for schools and local authorities.

Young people age 16 to 18 who receive the benefits or tax credits in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.

Even if you meet any or all of the criteria, families will not be eligible if they are claiming Working Tax Credit.

Applying for free school meals

You can sign up for free school meals at any time of year by applying online here

You or your partner can claim for your children, as long as you live at the same address.

You do not have to fill in a separate form for each child, even if they go to different schools. Just name the child and which school they go to.

If another of your children starts school and one of your children already has free school meals, we can add them to the application you already have. Just call the free school meals team:

  • Andy Burton tel: 01629 536481 or 07812 475250 Monday to Friday
  • Sue Upton tel: 01629 535743 Wednesday (pm), Thursday and Friday

If your child receives Free School Meals and you need any further support, use the contact details above. 

ParentPay information and lunch account debt

All new students will receive a letter with a unique code to be used with the ParentPay website – this will be issued shortly before or after they start at Swanwick Hall. Lunch accounts can also be topped up using cash by students using the revaluation machine in the hall.

Lunch money can also be topped up through a local PayPoint store – please contact our finance team to request a PayPoint barcode letter.

To ensure that the School’s budget is not adversely affected by the cost of school meal debt, we will seek prompt corrective action to recover the debt and inform parents as soon as possible to prevent the debt balance growing.

We encourage all families to familiarise themselves with our school meal debt policy. If you are struggling to afford the cost of school meals, please contact the school so we are able to support you.

For guides and information on using ParentPay, please click here.

Click here to review our policies.