A message from our Catering Manager, Richard Palombella.

RppicAs national Covid restrictions begin to ease across the country, the School’s Catering Department is now able to make some exciting new changes with regard to what we can offer our boys.

Since boys returned to School in September 2020, providing food to 1,600 boys and 200 staff every day has been an enormous challenge. At all the times, the health, safety and well-being of the boys was our paramount concern. Inevitably, running a very busy kitchen and feeding hundreds of hungry boys, whilst ensuring the range of Covid-secure measures we put in place were safely adhered to, resulted in disruption to our menu choices.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the boys, their parents, school staff and the wider MGS community for their support, and their feedback, during such challenging times.

However, our focus is now very much on looking forward and as, the restrictions ease, so too can we slowly start to introduce some exciting changes to our menus and our catering provision. We will of course be vigilant and take a measured approach so that the boys’ safety remains our primary concern, but we also know how much parents value the importance of offering our boys a range of tasty, nutritious options.

The much-missed morning break service will be reinstated for all year groups, providing hot snacks, cakes, tray bakes, drinks and fruit, and everything will cost either £1 or 50p. Where possible, we would ask that boys bring in the correct change to reduce cash handling. We will also be increasing the variety of food alongside the main menus in the Refectory, and will now be offering a salad bar with various salads and cooked meats, along with jacket potatoes with a range of fillings.

From September 2021, and subject to what is happening nationally, the provisional plan is that our Catering service will be back to normal and we are as excited about that as I’m sure boys and parents are! That will mean a full service of hot food, snacks, desserts and drinks from the Pavilion from 7am-4pm, a return to the 20 or so sandwich choices from the Grab and Go, and the usual three-week menu of high-quality lunches, a wide range of side dishes and hot/cold desserts from the Refectory, as well as the salad bar, jacket potatoes and soup station in winter. With School Council meetings back up and running, I will be able to get regular feedback from the boys.

In the meantime, I’d just like to thank everyone for bearing with us during these difficult and challenging times and hopefully we can now look forward to doing what we do best and that’s providing high-quality, nutritious food to our hungry MGS boys!

The new menus are available to view at further down this page.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please drop me an email at


It has been estimated that we have more than 6,000 thoughts a day.

If you think for a moment about the word ‘lunch’, some of those 6,000 thoughts may turn to a warming bowl of homemade soup and a hunk of bread, a delicious superfood salad, or even a Michelin-style business lunch in a swanky restaurant. Now, if you direct some of those thoughts to ‘school lunches’, what do you think of? School dinners? Scenes from the musical Oliver!? Overcooked, lukewarm, inedible stodge?

At MGS, we think a lot about food. Lunchtime breaks up our days, and it’s a time to rest and refuel between lessons, have a break in a busy day, catch up friends, or take part in an activity. At MGS, the people who think the most about food are Catering Manager Richard Palombella and his team, who strive to make lunchtimes a highlight of the day by bringing the fine-dining skills they have gained from working in Manchester’s top hotels and restaurants to MGS, to ensure that boys have delicious, nutritious, freshly prepared food every day.


  • MGS Catering provides more than 1,500 school meals every day over two units within the School campus.
  • We hold a 5* rating from the Environmental Health Agency for food safety, and all catering staff are fully trained in food preparation, food safety, safety at work and allergy awareness.
  • We have a Catering School Council to provide valuable feedback so we can keep improving and innovating.
  • And because MGS Catering is wholly operated by MGS, our primary focus is always the health and wellbeing of our young people.

At MGS Catering, we understand that proper nutrition is linked with academic success. Our enthusiastic and forward-thinking team of chefs, managers and food service assistants has a whole-school approach to food and nutrition.


We take pride in our food preparation and menu development to produce delicious homemade meals using British-grown and produced foods. All our meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, dairy and bakery products are sourced locally from high quality suppliers and artisan producers that we inspect regularly.


All school meals are cooked from scratch in our cutting-edge facilities. We make all our own sauces and even our own spice mixes!. We are always on the lookout for new ways of cooking and presenting food and have a regularly changing menu that features international cuisine, theme days, vegetarian choices and innovative new ideas with tried and trusted favourites.  

The menus for Summer Term 2021 are as follows:

Week One

Week Two 


For any questions about MGS Catering, contact Richard Palombella (