Dorothy Stringer Canteen

Nutrition and exercise are extremely important for young people and we are working hard to ensure our students are not only educated in these areas but also offered a good balanced diet whilst in our care.

At Dorothy Stringer we take healthy eating seriously and this is reflected in the quality of the food provided. We serve a wide range of hot and cold meals and a good selection of quick bites. Students can choose from pasta pots with a choice of sauces, our own ‘Stringer Sub’ or a meal of the day. Look out for healthy options, for example, we offer assorted salad boxes, a variety of vegetarian choices and fresh fruit. We work hard to provide a wide variety to suit all tastes – there is something for everyone. 

Opening times are Monday to Friday:
Before school from 8.00am to 8.30am
Break time from 10.50am to 11.10am 
Lunch from 12.10pm to 12.50pm (Years 7, 8 and 9) and 12.30pm to 1.10pm (Years 10 and 11)
After school from 3.15pm to 3.35pm

Opening times are Monday to Friday:Before school from 8.00am to 8.30amBreak time from 10.50am to 11.10am Lunch from 12.10pm to 12.50pm (Years 7, 8 and 9) and 12.30pm to 1.10pm (Years 10 and 11)After school from 3.15pm to 3.35pm

Dorothy Stringer is a cashless school which means the School Gateway Payment system is the only way to add funds to students canteen accounts so that they can purchase school meals & snacks in school. Students receive their cards on the first day of school. 

You can make payments online through the SchoolGateway, where you can use Instant Bank Transfer (see below for more information), Credit Card or Debit Card.Using the SchoolGateway will also enable you to view the purchases your child has made in the canteen. Canteen payments made using the SchoolGateway usually reach students accounts at speed, however, we recommend that students’ accounts are topped up the day before the monies will be required. 

A link to top up, canteen menus and prices can be found on our parent SLG. 

Help sheet on how to top up using the SchoolGateway :  Parents Guide

Bank Transfer Information : Instant Bank Transfer.pdf

A significant number of students in our school are eligible for free school meals (FSM). The majority enjoy a daily hot meal at school, but some choose to continue to bring a packed lunch from home. There is no compulsion for eligible students to eat school meals if they do not wish to, but by applying for this support the school will receive additional funding which we can use to help students in many other ways. Information about how we spend this additional funding to support students entitled to free school meals can be found on our website here:

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

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods) 
  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance 
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • The guarantee element of 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) 
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit