The catering service at Chesterton Community College is operated in-house lead by Head Chef Spencer Norman. Spencer has extensive knowledge from past experience, mainly working in 4-5 star hotels that have gained awards from AA rosettes to a Michelin Star. Spencer is joined in our kitchen by Sous Chef Daniel Lewis. Dan has also gained a wealth of experience working in various hotels and spending time at exclusive ski resorts.

Each day, Spencer and the catering team prepare all main meals, snacks and desserts, on the premises using fresh, local ingredients where possible.  Spencer and his team develop the catering offer in line with the current food standards legislation ( and the specific requirements of the College.  The menu changes daily on a 3-week cycle, ensuring there is always a varied offer for all students, staff and visitors.

Meals are paid for using a system called ‘Biometric’. This software verifies a student’s identity by reading their fingertip and confirming who they are. ‘Biometric’ allows students to top up their dinner monies accounts and view their balances at the Coin & Note Loader machine in the College (this is done with a fingertip reader). Parents can add monies to their children’s accounts using the online service ParentPay.

At the point of payment the student places their finger on the fingertip reader (or alternatively, if preferred, can provide there Surname), and once verified by the Catering Point of Sale Operator, their account is debited which is then also reflected on ParentPay. All students are automatically assigned a Biometric account. Children who qualify for free school meals have an amount loaded daily on to their account.



*The Biometrics system uses fingertip digital signature recognition. With your permission, we enrol students capturing 120 data points from one finger. At no time do we capture a fingerprint. The data points captured are very similar to reference points on an Ordinance Survey map, and they are stored on a stand-alone, encrypted server. This information is for use within the College and is not released to anyone outside of the College and is subject to the same level of security as all other student data.