Independents by Sodexo has been awarded the catering contract at Oundle School, a co-educational boarding and day independent school in Northamptonshire.
The win follows an extensive tendering and evaluation process.
Starting on 1 January 2021, the five-year contract will include a significant investment and refurbishment programme, to upgrade and modernise the catering infrastructure across the school’s large estate, including Laxton Junior School.
The caterer will offer new contemporary dishes, sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients to reflect the dining preferences of the schools’ varied pupil demographic.
To complement the catering operation, additional staff appointments will place emphasis on food expertise, enhancing nutritional education and providing strategic guidance for the development of services at the school.
Jeremy Alderton, managing director of Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “Building an understanding of the role that good food and nutrition plays is paramount and it’s our ambition to work with pupils, staff and parents to ensure they are engaged with and supportive of the programme at every step.”
Oundle was founded in 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers, endowed a ‘Free Grammar School’ in Oundle, where he had been educated at the original Guild School, founded in 1506. The school buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town.
Sarah Kerr-Dineen, head at Oundle School, said: “Independents by Sodexo impressed us throughout the comprehensive tendering process, and I am particularly excited by their vision for all aspects of the catering operation, from provenance and sustainability through to professional development.
“They demonstrated a genuine understanding of how young people engage with meal choices and the importance of developing positive relationships with food that will sustain them throughout their adult lives.”
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