Canteen food exampleIn honour of the school's foundings the canteen at Varndean School is called the York Place Diner 1884.  Run by a team of vibrant and creative individuals who deliver excellent food and service, we've created an environment where students can have fun and relax so they can eat better and do better. We have even gone a step further with the introduction of two additional Pods - the Dolphin Pod and the 1926 Pod. These allow our students to access delicious healthy snacks to keep them focused and ready to learn throughout their day.

Research shows that what we eat and drink can have a huge impact on our health and energy, which is why we make sure health and wellbeing is at the heart of our service to you. Every day we have a range of healthy foods on offer to both students and staff. 

All food is purchased using a biometric (fingerprint) system linked to your ParentPay account. Information about how to add funds and more FAQs can be found on the ParentPay page. 

Healthy Eating and Allergen Advice

Through our love of food, we source quality ingredients and our team produce all the food on site. We develop menus that are seasonal, modern, creative, imaginative, flexible and nutritious for the diverse population of the school, falling in line with the Government's School Food Standards Policy. In addition to the weekly menus and any themes or promotions, we have a range of healthy foods on offer every day to both students and staff. 

We have several hot food counters and a deli service. If you have a specific allergy or dietary requirement please let us know.

We use a wide range of ingredients with many of our products containing various allergens. As such there may be traces of various allergens present across our product range. Customers who are intolerant or allergic to certain ingredients are advised to request further information from the Chef/Manager prior to purchase.

We cater for vegetarian, vegan and Halal diets with hot and cold choices - please ask staff or contact us if you have a specific query.

Typical Food on Offer

We offer a range of hot and cold snacks and meals. Our menus change frequently but there are always vegan and vegetarian options on offer. Please see the gallery below for some typical examples of meals regularly on offer.