Who are Chartwells?

Our education catering and food services team are proud to serve millions of nutritious, fun and tasty meals to students in schools, academies, colleges and universities across England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. On top of catering for students we also dish up great tasting meals to a host of educators across both the public and private sectors.

What does this mean for my child?

We offer catering and food services inspired by the Highstreet and modelled on pupil feedback.

Chartwells chefs go to great lengths to create food that looks good, tells a story and is in tune with the latest trends, because that’s what pupils tell us they want – food that’s “tasty, lovely and delicious”.

Explore tastes from around the world – we love to give our high school students a real variety of foods to choose from, so lunch times are a period of their day they really look forward to. From our global adventures which includes taste sensations from India, China and more, to our deep south diner, salads, sandwiches and snacks, students are never bored, only hungry for more!

The great news is that you can rest assured that as a whole the recipes and menu offer are nutritionally balanced, compliant to the legal School Food Standards and approved by our team of registered nutritionists.

John Smeaton Academy offers 3 types of provision and the menu and times can be found below:

  1. Breakfast bagels available free to all students  (Served 8.20am – 8.30am)
  2. Mid-Morning break (KS3 10:10am – 10:30am and KS4 11:10am – 11.30am) – view menu
  3. Lunch (KS3 12:30pm– 13:00pm and KS4 13:30pm – 14:00pm) – view menu

If you would like to find out more about what Chartwells can provide, please click on the following link:

Secondary School Food – LSM – Love School MealsLove School Meals

If you provide your child with food from home, you may wish to consider a school meal as an alternative, as our menus are highly popular with students and offer good value for money.

Free School Meals

The links below will take parents to the Leeds Council’s website which gives more information on Free School Meals, including an application form in .pdf format and an on-line application form.

The daily allowance for students entitled to free school meals is £2.48 a day.

Students use ParentPay – our cashless payment system – to buy their food and drink, a system that can easily be ‘topped up’ by parents and carers at home or students are also, currently, able to top up in school.

Students may bring food and drink from home into the academy. This is on the proviso that these food items meet with our healthy eating policy;  the health of our students is of great importance to us and The GORSE Academies Trust takes seriously its responsibility for establishing ‘healthy’ habits and behaviours in students.  Throughout their time at the academy students will be involved in regular activities that promote the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.  As a consequence, The GORSE Gets Healthy student representatives have agreed that students are not permitted to eat/drink the following items on academy premises: energy drinks, fizzy drinks (with the exception of non-flavoured carbonated water), chocolate and sweets.  Where students bring these items into school a Negative Comment will be issued and the rationale of the healthy eating policy will be reinforced.

If you would like to know more about GORSE Gets Healthy, please visit:

Students are able to drink still, plain water in lessons from their personal drink container where they have requested permission.