Food and Nutrition

At Cargilfield School, Chartwells Independent is proud to provide your child with nourishing and delicious meals.

As the pioneers of outsourced catering services in independent schools, we strive to fully understand and embrace the unique culture and values of each school we work with. Our commitment to treating every child as an individual is reflected in the care and attention we give to crafting menus that cater to specific age groups and local preferences.

  • Our food is cooked on site by professionally trained chefs, and with the exception of some unavoidable products such as ice cream, frozen peas and sweetcorn, our menus feature fresh ingredients.

  • Our menus operate on a seasonal three week menu cycle and they are planned specifically for each of our schools so that we can accommodate the age range and local preferences. We are always open to suggestions so if you or your children have a particular favourite you would like us to produce please do get in touch!

  • There is always a choice and pupils are encouraged to take as much fruit, salad, bread, potatoes and vegetables as they need to satisfy their appetites. Chilled water is available throughout service.

  • We work very closely with our company nutritionists to ensure the choices that we offer, and methods of cooking combine to offer healthy nutritious options. Examples include

  • We only use rapeseed oil in cooking

  • Wholemeal bread is available throughout every service

  • No more than 50% of our composite salads contain fat/oil based dressings

  • Freshly chopped fruit is available every day.

  • Our nutritionists analyse and approve every ingredient. For example no artificial sweeteners and trans – fats are used. Additives are monitored in line with the Children’s Hyperactive Support Group.

  • We have a fully traceable supply chain and therefore only authorise suppliers who have met the highest sourcing and procurement standards.

  • We use a combination of local and national suppliers and all their produce arrives at the school in one vehicle – which reduces our carbon footprint and gives smaller suppliers and producers access to our business.

Special diets are a very important part of our catering provision, whether it is for religious beliefs, allergies or intolerances.

We encourage a joint approach between the school, child, parent, and ourselves.

Once a suitable menu is agreed dietary needs are recorded and our team is trained to ensure compliance. We do not use nuts in our recipes or buy products with any nuts in the ingredients.

If you would like to discuss your child’s dietary needs with one of professionally qualified nutritionists please do bring it to the schools attention and this can be quickly arranged.

We are always seeking feedback and looking to enhance our service, so if you would like to discuss any matters on catering please contact our manager Alan Harper on [email protected]

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Spring Term 2024

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