Meals at Ryde School are taken in our award winning purpose-built dining hall which has stunning views over the Solent. Pupils choose from a wide variety of foods and eat with their friends and teachers.

    Pupils at Fiveways eat in their own dining room where teaching staff eat with them, helping to instill table manners and a respect for healthy food choices. A dedicated kitchen staff in their own kitchen on Fiveways premises ensures food is tailored to younger tastes.

    Junior pupils eat their lunch in the Senior School dining hall 45 minutes before the Senior School, ensuring a non-rushed meal and the ability for staff to help with food choices and table manners.

    Senior School pupils have two lunch times each day to allow for lunch time clubs and to ensure a comfortable number of pupils in the dining hall at any time. 

    Boarders eat their breakfast at their boarding houses and their lunch and supper at the school before returning home to their houses during the school week. Cosy and well-appointed kitchens are situated at both boarding houses to allow pupils to make hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals if desired. Weekend meals are taken at the Boarding Houses. 

    Almost all of our food is cooked from scratch, in-house by our team of skilled chefs, using fresh ingredients and using local suppliers wherever possible.  We happily cater for pupils with special dietary needs such as dairy/lactose intolerance, gluten-free diets.

    We pride ourselves on achieving a 5 star Health and Hygiene rating.  The healthy diet of pupils is promoted by our commitment to providing an outstanding nutritional provision delivered by our enthusiastic kitchen staff.  Pupils' cultural, religious and health needs are fully met through the wide-ranging choice of meals on offer.

    We offer a three week rolling menu that changes each term, and although this can occasionally be subject to some variation, the general format remains the same.


    In our dining room we offer a daily breakfast with a range of fruit, cereals, toast, bacon/sausage baps, hot & cold drinks.

    Break time offer

    • freshly made sandwiches and baguettes, wraps & paninis
    • toasted sandwiches, bacon/sausage baps, hot pasta dish
    • selection of homemade cakes, fresh fruit, yoghurts
    • hot & cold drinks


    • two hot meat choices and a vegetarian choice
    • jacket potatoes and a fully stocked salad bar
    • homemade soup and bread
    • fresh fruit, fruit jellies, yoghurt and hot/cold puddings made by our in house pastry chef 

    In addition, we offer freshly-made baguettes, sandwiches, wraps, speciality filled breads & paninis for those pupils and staff wanting to also take part in lunch-time clubs and sports.  

    Supper Club

    We offer a daily Supper Club for Day Pupils who wish to eat with the boarders because they are perhaps staying late at school for prep, sports fixtures or after-school clubs. 

    There is usually a selection of a hot meal plus a 'dish-of-the-day', fresh vegetables, selection of salads and a vegetarian choice. 

    A selection of desserts, including hot puddings and fresh fruit and yogurts are available along with hot and cold beverages. 

    Our Catering Manager, Becky White, welcomes the opportunity to talk both to parents and pupils about any special dietary needs or concerns that they may have. She can be contacted at

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