At Barney we strive to educate children in leading healthy and active lives. Enjoying a balanced diet is an important part of their learning experience.  All our meals are freshly prepared by our in-house catering team, who ensure every meal is nutritious and varied. 

 As well as the main meals, healthy snacks are also provided.  Prep School children receive fruit and organic milk at morning break and a further snack at 4pm if they are staying at school for an activity.  Senior School have their morning break in the dining hall, a very social occasion.

Meals are served in our magnificent, panelled dining hall.  The whole school dine together, helping to embrace Barney’s community feel.

Our summer and winter seasonal menus are rotated on a three-weekly basis to provide plenty of variety and choice, from a range of hot and cold main courses, including a full salad bar.  Popular choices include Wednesday’s carvery and fish and chip Friday.  Breakfast choices change daily, varying between continental, waffles, and pancakes to full English.

We can cater for special dietary needs and allergies, with menu items marked as vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free. Our Catering Manager is always keen to discuss specific requirements. The serving team are very well informed about individual children’s needs and about the ingredients within each dish. Local suppliers are used as much as possible.

Pupils from both Prep School and Senior School have the chance to contribute to the development of catering through the boarding and day pupils’ Food Committees, which provide a regular forum for sharing their views with the Catering Manager and Second master.

Boarders are, of course, fully catered for at weekends too. Saturday tea is a relaxed occasion, generally with a theme such as burger night, Chinese night or panini night. Sunday breakfast is substantial and is followed by Sunday roast in the evening, which can be served at lunch or teatime depending upon the boarders’ activities schedule. When boarders are on excursions, the school catering team supply healthy packed lunches, or sometimes they eat out.

Additional catering options for day pupils.

Day pupils do have the option to join our boarders for breakfast and tea, this can help ease the pressure on parents for drop off and pick up. This is a popular and valuable option for Sixth Form students when they want to stay into the evening to study or revise.

Fine Dining

As some of our chefs have had previous experience of working in restaurants and hotels, they are able to offer a superb standard of food to suit a more high-end dining experience.  Out Sixth Formers have several formal dinners over the course of their two years.  One of which is the finale of our Year 12 Confidence Course.