Catering at Perins
Perins School catering is provided by Aspens; the company chosen to provide our school meals service and who specialise in school catering. Aspens provide delicious home cooked food each day and can cater for individual dietary requirements.
The menu rotates on a three-week basis and refreshes for autumn/winter and spring/summer seasons. Aspens offer a hot and cold deli as well as more substantial meals. With food drawing on Asian, African, Caribbean influences as well as more traditional fare, including street food dishes, handheld versions, sides and vegetarian and vegan options. Please see here for more information on Aspens’ offer.
Cashless Catering System
Perins operates a cashless catering system in order to reduce both queuing times and issues with students carry large amounts of cash. To buy food at breakfast, break-time and lunch-time your child’s account will need to be topped up. As your child purchases food items, the money they spend is taken out and the new balance is shown at the end of the transaction.
Your child’s account can be created by scanning their face, no image is stored, but a mathematical template is created. The template cannot be viewed or used to recreate an actual facial image. Under the Data Protection Act this is a special category data that we are only able to process with your explicit consent. If you wish to have your child’s face scanned for use of the catering outlets you will have completed the Consent Form. If you do not wish to give consent your child will be able to make purchases in the Cafeteria with their name. Their identity will be verified against their ID photo.
Payment is preferable through the online payment system.
Our caterers are committed to providing meals for students with special diet or allergy requirements, whether for religious, ethical, food intolerance or allergy reasons. Please complete this form here and return to school.
Free School Meals
We strongly encourage any families who are entitled to Free School Meals to register. All students’ accounts at Perins appear exactly the same and there is nothing to show that they are getting a free school meal. More information on eligibility and how to register can be found here on Hampshire County Council’s website.
Students entitled to a free meal have their balance updated every day with the amount allocated for a free school meal. This money can only be used at lunch and any under-spend or missed meals cannot be carried forward to the next day. Parents can also add extra money to their balance if they wish, in exactly the same ways as other, to buy items at break time or extra items at lunch time.