We take great pride within our catering, which pupils, staff, visitors and inspectors all agree is Catering Team outstanding. Naturally we’re very conscious of the importance of having fresh ingredients, having a minimum of artificial additives and a more taste and variety.
Our Catering Manager, Heather Wareham, happens to be at the forefront of the movement to create school meals healthier, therefore it was with some enthusiasm that they embraced the guidelines monitoring the vitamins and minerals of school meals as soon as they were launched.
National Nutritional Standards:
Introduced as a result of Jamie Oliver’s high profile campaign, legislation now requires all school menus to become analysed as to their nutritional content, with limits looking for the ‘bad’ elements and targets for that ‘good’.
Heather had to load her menus into a sophisticated new computer programmer and was extremely pleased with the results.
One particularly useful additional advantage of the software will be to enable analysis of a few of the more specialised diets necessary for some children, to identify and proper any nutritional imbalance. For individuals who struggle to eat healthily outside school, it ought to also be possible to demonstrate quite graphically precisely how their diet might be harming them.
Whenever possible of our food continues to be locally sourced to boost quality and minimise food miles. Our local suppliers now include our very own Brickwall Gardens, where we are steadily accumulating the quantity and range of vegetables and fruit supplied direct to the own kitchens. We encourage pupils to obtain involved, and they gain great satisfaction from seeing their very own produce served up for supper! Heather also greatly enjoys producing a massive range of jams, chutneys and pickles in the surplus produce.
We could cater for a wide range of specialist diets, and therefore are keen to do this where allergies or medical health advice are concerned. Presently just under 20% of pupils have particular diets and happily our super menu consists of choice.