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School Meals

Our seasonal menus are changed twice a year. We use fresh ingredients, providing a varied choice of healthy homemade dishes.

Daily choices include two main dishes, a vegetarian choice, with lighter options available daily such as baked potatoes, sandwiches, salad/pasta boxes, wraps, and paninis. A fresh free salad bar is available daily to encourage healthy choices. All our dishes are allergen tested.

About Creative

Creative Management Services Limited are a Local Independent Company, with a small geographical region.

Creative are committed to the aims and objectives of Sedgefield Community College, insofar as their aims and objectives, marry our own, in providing a bespoke catering services to the School. Creative will provide, a catering service that is consistent in its high quality, value for money and cost-effective service

Our Food Offer

Our menus are designed to encompass seasonal ingredients and take advantage of the abundant products available within the UK that our Catering staff prepare fresh, on site, every day.

Our 3 weekly menu cycle is a food offer that complies with the Government Food Trust Guidelines. We offer two main meals, a vegetarian option, with vegetables to compliment, Chilled Sandwiches and Wraps, Boxed Salads & Cold Pasta Pots, plus Baked Potatoes, Paninis & Hot Wraps. A traditional hot or cold pudding is offered daily, with alternatives of Fresh Fruit, Yoghurts, Cookies & Cakes.

There is a separate Hot Pasta Bar and Deli-Bar including Cold Baguettes and other Speciality Bread/Rolls,  Salad Boxes & Jacket Potatoes.

We offer a selection of inclusive meal-deals, all of which are available to both paying and free meal students. Thre is a pre-order offer available to all year groups.

Creative recognises the need to continually strive to improve quality and service provision, enhancing the menus and food offers, while providing value for money.

We keep our menus free from seeds and nuts and we detail our Allergen information on our menus. If any parents would like to discuss any dietary requirement in more detail please contact the School directly.

Free School Meals – Eligibility

To apply for free school meals for your child, you must be receiving one of the following qualifying benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-Related employment and support allowance
  • Support from the National Asylum Support Service under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit and a household income below £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

If you are a young person who receives Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance in your own right, you are also entitled to receive free school meals.

Please see Durham County Council's website for how to apply, and to access the application form

Special Dietary Requirements

If your child has a special dietary requirement – such as diabetic, coeliac, low fat and dairy intolerances or a food allergy – we will be happy to plan and provide a school meal that meets your child’s needs. We can also adapt menus to meet religious needs.

Cashless Payments

We operate a cashless system that helps to ease queuing, avoids pupils having to carry cash in school, and protects the identity of pupils on free school meals. This system uses biometrics or a fingerprint scanner to provide access to an account.

Pupils can top-up their accounts using terminals situated throughout the school, or online. The Sedgefield Community College online payment system allows you to make payments to the school using a debit/credit card securely through Scopay, using the internet. You can use the same account for all children that you have at this school. Our online payment system means:

  • More payment options for parents
  • Reduced risk of students losing cash
  • Parents/carers are able to view their children’s dinner money account history online and top-up their child’s dinner money account
  • Payments are made through Scopay so they’re secure and reliable


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