Wendell Park Primary School

Wendell Park decided it needed to improve the quality of the pupil school meals so contracted with Educo to run and manage a tender for the appointment of a new school meal catering contractor and thereafter to mobilise and manage the on-going service. The tender resulted in a new caterer taking over the service from our long-established provider. This in turn led to significant training and development of the kitchen staff and catering team all of which led to a much-improved meal for the children.

The school meal the pupils are now being served is based on the Soil Association’s Silver Food for Life standard with the quality monitored by Educo. This ensures the freshness and quality of the meal is in line with the initial catering specification which set out the School’s catering needs. The School has seen more and more pupils sign up to the new menus which are created especially for the School and which recognise the tastes and habits of the pupils.

Throughout the pandemic Educo also managed to keep track of the School’s needs to feed the key worker and on-site pupils. Educo helped make sure the School budget was protected throughout the shutdown period.

Following the pupils’ post lockdown return there has been a dramatic increase in both pupils and staff eating the hot meal which is most encouraging.