Our Catering Offering ....

Pabulum provide the catering services at Backwell School. Pabulum’s vision is to be at the forefront of improving the next generation’s health and well-being, by shaping the food culture in education that inspires a passion and love of fresh food – without compromise.

Pabulum were awarded ‘Education Caterer of the Year’ at the Foodservice Cateys. This is regarded as the “Oscars” of the catering industry.  They feel strongly about educating the younger generation on healthy eating by providing fresh and wholesome food, as it's through a balanced diet and healthy food choices that students can maintain higher classroom concentration levels. 94% of our food is freshly prepared in Backwell School kitchen and 75% of the food is British and locally sourced. 

At Backwell School Pabulum have a dedicated team led by Ross Mees, Executive Chef Manager. Ross and his team provide fresh food through the provision of morning break and lunch service. 

At  morning break you can expect to see a range of wraps, filled baguettes and bloomer bread sandwiches accompanied by fresh fruit and homemade yoghurt. There is always a wide variety of options for lunch service including a variety of freshly prepared main meals and tasty vegetarian alternatives, with a range of hot and chilled grab and go products, and our extensive street food offer.

At lunchtime students choose from a cafeteria menu, which includes a good value two-course cooked meal for £2.20.   The menu changes daily and there is always a vegetarian option too.  Students who take part in activities at lunchtime can buy a Grab and Go packed lunch bag for £2.20, or alternatively there is a variety of hot Grab and Go food on offer.  There is also a good selection of drinks on sale.  For details of the meal deals on offer, both hot and cold, please click here.

Pabulum, also offer a breakfast service in the main dining room between 8.00 and 8.50 a.m.

To view or download the full lunch time menu on offer in our main dining room, please click on the following link: https://www.pabulum-catering.co.uk/secondary-healthy-school-lunches/ (Please note, the menus rotate on a three week cycle).

To find out more about Pabulum, their suppliers or their company initiatives then please check out their website at www.pabulum-catering.co.uk for the latest blogs and news stories, or alternatively you can call Pabulum on 01252 819991.

If you have any queries regarding the catering system or payment methods, please contact finance@backwellschool.net.


Upcoming Theme Days... !

Please find below details of the various theme days that our caterers will be running in the next few months.

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Packed Lunches

Students are welcome to bring a packed lunch into school if they do not want to use the catering services on offer.  We would, however, request that when packing snacks or lunch boxes for your child(ren), you refrain from including nuts.  Whilst we appreciate that they are a healthy and nutritious snack, we do have students who suffer from serious nut allergies and the presence of nuts in the environment can cause an allergic reaction.  Obviously many products contain, or may contain nuts, these pose a much smaller risk to those with allergies ... so it is whole or pure nut products that we would ask you to avoid sending in with your child.  Your cooperation in this matter is much appreciated.  Thank you.

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About The Cashless Catering System ...

Since April 2016, with the introduction of our new caterers, a Cashless Catering system has been in operation at school.  The system uses a biometric reader, whereby an individual account is created for each student using their thumb or finger as a means of identification.  This means that there is no need for students to carry a card or bring money to school. There are two payment options available to parents to top up their child's account; either online via their existing ParentPay account, or by cheque made payable to 'Pabulum Limited' which must be paid direct to Pabulum staff in the main dining room between 8.30 - 9.30 am only. 

Please click on the following link to view the letter and consent form, along with FAQs, and information on Biometric systems and Data Protection.

Cashless Catering Letter and Consent Form

Cashless Catering FAQs

Cashless Catering - Data Protection Information

Cashless Catering - What is a Biometric Algorithm?

To read more about our new caterers, please click here to link to Pabulum's website.