At Caldicott we aim to support the physical and emotional wellbeing programme of our pupils with excellent food and nutrition. We commit to providing a wide choice of food that is appetising, well-balanced and nutritious and which suits all requirements. We help the pupils to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of food in order to make responsible and appropriate choices.
The Chef Manager is a highly-qualified professional who takes a proactive approach to catering for the school community. She is responsible for the quality of the goods delivered and she plans the menus on a three-weekly cycle with our consultants ISCC, using the Government’s School Food Standards as guidelines. The pupils also take some responsibility and play a part at termly catering committee meetings.
In order to meet the high standard required of our food and to provide the best value available, ingredients are purchased fresh from local suppliers and according to the season where possible. Our dry goods are delivered by reputable suppliers. We minimise the use of frozen ingredients and bought-in, ready prepared foods, choosing to cook from scratch as much as possible. We do not serve nuts and we limit sugar and salt intake. Drinking water is available any time in key areas of the school and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables are available at meal and snack times.
We are proud of our 5 star hygiene rating from the Food Standards Agency. This means that our food which is prepared on the premises, is prepared in a hygienic and safe manner.
Sustainability initiatives are important to the ethos of Caldicott. We are conscious of our environmental responsibilities and we encourage our food suppliers to adopt environmentally sound practices too.