Innovate is the new 2023 catering partner at Sheldon School. 

Our aim, along with the school, is to provide all students with an exceptional catering experience. Our very talented Executive Chef and the fantastic catering team will be serving exciting menus packed with healthy ingredients, that are full of variety, and with loads of interesting new things to try. It’s important that the food tastes as good as it looks, and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

Up to date menus and tariff information are available to download below.

What’s on the menu?

Innovate has long been considered the most inventive school caterer and that’s because we’re very clear about our food. All our dishes are prepared every day using quality, fresh and seasonal ingredients that are responsibly sourced. As well as ensuring the food on the plate is healthy, we want our customers to understand the importance of eating the right foods and help them with their food and nutrition journey. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

A huge selection of 'grab and go' items including baguettes, paninis, burritos and salads to name a few, all now using our barcode system to help speed up the queues.

A variety of healthy, tasty main meals prepared fresh every day from carefully selected ingredients. The menu will follow a similar weekly pattern so you know what to expect, providing over 35 choices each day in addition to the ever popular chef specials, fortnightly themed events and loyalty schemes.

Our Street Vibes range, global street food that tours the world. It’s always changing; from Korean fried chicken, Chinese bao buns, to Greek souvlaki, there’s always something new to try!

A salad bar bursting with homemade healthy salads such as pomegranate quinoa, roasted sweet potato and rocket, or chilli, orange and beetroot. All pre-boxed and ready to be collected.

Theme days; Harvest Week, Chinese New Year, British Pie Week, Olympics and Love British Food Fortnight and many more.


What meal deals are available?

The most popular meal deal is the Blue Dot meal deal for £2.45. Students can choose any 4 items displaying a blue dot sticker. Items include selected rolls, sandwiches, drinks, cakes and tray bakes, fruit bags, and more! 

The Blue Dot meal deal is also available to students who have an FSM allowance. There are also meal deals available that include a hot or cold sub, jacket potato, large salad bar, hot pasta or fresh main dish plus a desert and drink for £2.45. You can also get a small panini plus cake or fruit for £2. 



I have a free school meal allowance, what can I have?

We want to ensure that all of our customers have access to a healthy nutritious meal and, with this in mind, we ask anyone with an FSM allowance to select any items up to the daily allowance. However, we ask that this includes a hot main meal, hot wrap, baguette or other nutritious snack plus either a hot pudding, fruit pot or freshly-made cake. They can also choose to switch the pudding for a drink, if they’d prefer.

Biometric Payment system

We are a cashless school. All student accounts should be paid through Parent Pay. If you have any difficulty setting up the Parent Pay system, please contact the Sheldon finance department at

Students will pay for their food and refreshments using a Biometric cashless catering system using a fingerprint scan. Please refer to the Biometric FAQS document and Biometric Permission slip below for further information.

Here's what is available in each of the outlets:

The Refectory

In this impressive dining area opened in 2011 by Matt Dawson (ex-international rugby player) providing a freshly prepared hot and cold meals, along with a salad bar. There are also grab and go items available to take away or eat in the sun-filled dining room and outside terrace.

Free porridge is available for all students every morning from 8:00am.

The Diner

The Diner offers a hot and cold deli, along with the daily Blue Dot meal deal. Students will find a delicious mix of deli style sandwiches, wraps, salads fruit and cold drinks.

The Shed

Located on the Year 7 and 8 playground, the Shed provides a range of hot & cold Grab & Go items of hot wraps and paninis, cold sandwiches, deserts and cold drinks.

Street Vibes - The Piazza

Located in the outdoor courtyard across from the sixth form centre, Street Vibes offers a variety of grab and go items inspired by global street food available for outdoor dining.

The Brewhouse – Sixth Form Common Room

Newly rebranded in 2023, the Brewhouse inside the sixth form common room offers a range of hot and cold deli items, grab and go snacks, as well as cold drinks and coffee. There are also breakfast items available for purchase from 8:00am.

As well as biometrics payments, Cards, Apple and Android payment options are available.

Tell us what you think

Once you’ve tried our service, let us know what you think. Drop us an email at to tell us about your dining experience. We’re always happy to hear your feedback on our service. We look forward to seeing you soon!