Independents by Sodexo has retained deals with five independent schools from London up to Edinburgh for the new academic year.
The contracts are with St Paul’s Cathedral School, London; Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton, Middlesex; Magdalen College School, Oxford; Altrincham Grammar School for boys, Cheshire and George Watson’s College, Edinburgh.
The deals with Altrincham Grammar School for boys, Lady Eleanor Holles, St Paul’s Cathedral School, and Magdalen College entail the delivery of healthy and sustainable food services.
At George Watson’s College, Sodexo’s 30-strong team will continue to deliver cleaning services with environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions for another two years. Sodexo has been the college’s contract cleaner for 33 years.
Sodexo has been providing school meals at St Paul’s Cathedral School in London since 1998 and will carry on doing so for another three years. The small co-ed prep school has about 260 pupils, most of them day pupils, but also has a number of boarders.
The company has been working for Altrincham Grammar School for around 25 years. The school, part of the Hamblin Education Trust, is extending Sodexo’s contract for five years and has added the Trust’s North Cestrian School to the deal. At both schools, Sodexo’s team will deliver daily meals, and will additionally manage the sixth-form café, tuck shop and vending at Altrincham Grammar. New ‘grab-and-go’ stations are planned for each institution.
Lady Eleanor Holles School is an all-girls independent school in Hampton. Sodexo has been its catering partner since 2014. The new contract runs for five years.
The company’s oldest independent school client is Magdalen College. The new five-year deal will take the partnership to 45 years.
Steve Hawkins, managing director for schools, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “These five schools are all committed to having a positive impact on society and the environment, a commitment shared by Sodexo.
“We are firmly of the belief that it all starts with the everyday and are committed to delivering a school meals service that brings the school community together and provides the school and parents with the confidence that the children are receiving healthy, nutritious and sustainable school meals.”
Following the creation of the Healthy Futures Partnership with the British Nutrition Foundation Sodexo will be introducing its Powering Performance programme at these schools, excluding George Watson’s College. The programme has been developed to help and support children and young adults to make informed food and drink choices. The programme provides the firm’s chefs with healthier nutritional guidelines on creating dishes, as well as offering nutrition training for Sodexo’s catering teams and school-based engagement activities.