St Birinus School Bistro has a 5* Hygiene Rating and offers a selection of hot and cold food options. 

Meals are £3.00 for students and in addition to the menu selection we offer the following foods daily: Jacket Potatoes, Pasta, Sandwiches, Salad, Yoghurts, Fruit, Water and Juices.

Free School Meals: If you are in receipt of certain benefits it may be possible for you to claim a free school meal for your son. If you think you qualify please contact the school reception,either by email or by calling 01235 814444

Paying for School Meals: St Birinus School operates a cashless catering system through Parent Pay

Cashless Catering at DGS: All 6th Form students are welcome to use the catering facilities at Didcot Girls’ School, but need to be registered on the cashless system first. Girls are registered automatically because they are on roll at Didcot Girls’ School, but the boys need to be added manually. You will need to complete a cashless catering biometric consent form to register, your son can collect one from the SIMS office or Pupil Services at DGS. Once registered, we will scan your son's thumb print at the tills and provide log in details so that you can add money to the account online via

Free School Meals

The Government recognises the benefits of providing a healthy meal to students eligible for free school meals and as a Trust we are committed to ensuring that students are able to choose from a range of nutritious options. 

If your child is entitled to a free school meal,  we will provide them a healthy meal that they can have at lunchtime and they can choose one of the following options: -

  • Lunch Main Meal of the Day, either option 
  • Jacket Potato with topping 
  • Hot Sandwich of the Day 
  • Hot Pasta Pot of the day 
  • Sandwich/wrap (codes AA – C) or Salad or Cold Pasta Pot

In addition to the above they can also choose one of the following:- 

  • Dessert of the Day 
  • Yoghurt 
  • Fruit 
  • Whites Bakery Item (cookie, muffin etc.) 
  • Drink 
  • Crisps 

Where pupils are eligible for free school meals and are receiving remote education, the school catering team will provide a good quality lunch parcel in lieu of the above. 

If you child is eligible for free school meals and would like to purchase additional items, please ensure that their ParentPay meal account is in credit. 

If you have any questions regarding catering, please email

Reducing our environmental impact

The catering department is committed to minimising single-use plastic and reducing our environmental impact in the following ways:

  • Re-filling stations for student water bottles (including jugs of water and beakers available in the dining room)
  • Compostable takeaway containers and cutlery
  • Waste oil from the fryers converted to bio fuel
  • Plastic-free packaging for sandwiches

We use a local greengrocer (Faringdon in Oxfordshire), and source sustainably-caught fish and farm-assured British meat for food on our menus.


House System

St Birinus has a Vibrant House system which ensures that staff and students work together to create a positive school community where everyone is included.
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