As a farming community, it is important that we promote British produce and help our pupils know more about where their food comes from. Our caterers, Brookwoods, support us in doing this. Through their educational initiatives and the outstanding food on offer, our pupils are encouraged to choose from the wide selection of nutritious meals at lunchtime, including hot or cold meals and vegetarian options.
Food is an intrinsic part of school life and we are keen to teach pupils about the whole life cycle of food. Brookwoods are a huge part of this educational process as they mirror our school values. Their philosophy is simple; to provide a food standard that can't be bettered, using fresh and locally sourced foods. They are unique in providing catering to independent schools only.
Brookwood's 'Eating for Life' programme has raised our pupils' dietary awareness, ensuring a high level of pupil and parental satisfaction. Highlights of the year include Theme Weeks that characterise each term, from banquet feasts to celebrate the Victorian era, to delicious national dishes to help create cultural awareness.
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We are currently promoting wellbeing at the school and have created 'pots of happy', which is the idea of happy food. We have tasting tables with this food. It reminds people that food is fun, as sometimes I think we forget that. We really want to spark an enthusiasm for food that lasts for life.
Deborah Homshaw, MD Brookwoods