Matthew Arlnold School



At Matthew Arnold School we have our own on-site creative chefs, and our catering staff take pride in the food that we serve. We have prioritised healthy food: vegetables are served with or in all main meals and freshly made baguettes, fruit and yoghurts are always available. We offer an exciting range of choices to suit every palate, with a weekly changing menu of fresh meals, including a vegetarian option. Students can also choose paninis, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salads. All major food allergens are clearly displayed, and staff are happy to answer any questions.

Water is always available in the canteen and around the site, and we expect all students to bring their own reusable water bottles.


We also offer Free School Meals to eligible students. If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals please contact our registrar

If your family needs emergency food support, Oxford Mutual Aid may be able to help. Their number is 07310160595 or you can fill in the online form


We are a cashless catering service, each student will have their biometrics taken, and/or be given a pin number which will be linked to a Parent Pay account. Money is then deducted from the account according to what the student has purchased.

Parents can set daily amount limits and access information about what the student has eaten, and students benefit from a faster service through the canteen.