Food, health & wellbeing

We understand the need for everyone in our school to have a healthy lifestyle. We promote physical and emotional health and aim to equip pupils with the understanding and skills they need to make informed decisions about their health. We encourage healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and emotional health and well-being.

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Healthy eating

Meal times are an important part of any pupil’s day, whether a day pupil or a boarder. All pupils eat lunch together in our shared dining hall. Lunches are eaten ‘family’ style with children sitting in groups with members of staff. Wholesome, nutritious choices are provided by our catering company, Holroyd Howe. These include a selection of up to three hot main courses (including a vegetarian option), hot vegetable choices, a wide range of salad options, soups, breads and desserts; all freshly prepared on site. We are experienced in catering for a range of dietary requirements. Match teas are provided for pupils and parents following sporting fixtures, these are also served in the dining hall. Pupils in Year 3-6 can also stay for tea (5:30-6:00pm) where further hot and cold food choices are provided – included in the day fee. The school also provides a healthy fruit snack at morning break for all pupils. Weekly menus are posted on the school notice board in the Tower for parents to view in advance.

Medical centre

The School has its own Medical Centre which is staffed 24 hours a day during term time by a team of qualified nurses, under the supervision of the two School Doctors. All boarding pupils are registered with the School Doctors; day pupils remain registered with their family GP. The School employs a private company, Event Medical Services, to provide emergency first aid treatment at most of the rugby fixtures and some other sporting events in the School calendar.


Our school matrons also provide support and medical assistance when required and many of our staff are First Aid trained. Matrons also help to supervise and monitor the children’s food choices and support staff during lunch.

Visiting counsellor

The school also employs a visiting counsellor which Junior School pupils have access to if required. Independent Listeners are also used with some pupils who would like to talk to another adult from outside school. We also can also refer pupils to external agencies who can support pupils both in and out of school, such our Speech and Language Therapist. The Head of the Junior School is in regular contact with the Housemistress and staff of the junior boarding house (Catteral) to support boarding pupils further. The school is also accredited as a ‘Stonewall Champion’, further promoting equality and diversity.