Reception: 01235 520173

Admissions: 01235 530593

Executive Assistant to the Headmistress: 01235 546502

Bursary: 01235 520657

Communications Office: 01235 546541

Joint Bus Service Co-ordinator: 01235 546565

St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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Le Menu

As you may have read in our news, our Executive Chef, Olivier Hubert, is taking a sabbatical...at the South Pole! Olivier is working with the British Antarctic Survey for six months and will be returning at Easter.

He has left us in the very safe and capable hands of Executive Chef, Yves Girard, who will continue to ensure that every menu choice is an opportunity to shape our health, our performance, and our wellbeing. It is this that directs the provision at lunchtime, at break and in the café.

Girls are provided with a balanced menu, which yes, does include cookies! At lunchtime every girl has a choice of four hot meals including at least one vegetarian and gluten free option. If something lighter is the order of the day then soups, jacket potatoes and a wide range of salads are available. To finish off, girls can choose from a hot dessert, fruit or something from the cake counter.

After school, our café is open for those girls staying for supervised prep or for an after school club or activity. Packed teas are available to order, particularly handy for those rushing off to rehearse or play sport.

Yves and his team regularly meet with the Student Council to discuss the food provided. Similarly, at the start of their time at St Helen’s and regularly through their school career, Yves meets with girls with special dietary requirements to ensure they are happy with what is being provided.

At St Helen’s food is more than just a snack or meal. It is also an opportunity for girls to socialise with friends, a fundamental human pleasure. At St Helen’s, food is very important, and when girls take parents on tours of the School, the refectory is always one of their first ports of call.