CATERING staff at a Nottingham school were celebrating after winning a major national award.
Members of kitchen team at Hollygirt School, on Elm Avenue, were awarded a Silver CAP Award for their cooking and catering skills.
The CAP (Continuous Advancement Programme) Awards recognise excellence in catering in education and are regarded as the highest measure of quality.
Hollygirt Head Teacher Pam Hutley said she was immensely proud of the catering team’s recognition, their continued hard work and the commitment to the pupils’ well-being
She said: “This award is well deserved”.
“Every day the catering team works tirelessly to ensure we all have delicious and nutritious food to eat and I have no doubt that that plays a key role in the success of the wider school, after all, you are what you eat!”
Ian Jackson, Chief Inspector for the CAP Awards, said the catering team had impressed with their spirit and ability to tackle the day-to-day challenges faced in any catering operation.
He said: “The school feeds a wide age range of pupils, from three to 16, both boys and girls, so to cater to all these tastes is no mean feat”.
“The roast beef with all of the accompaniments was well received by the pupils with ‘seconds’ proving popular. The shortbread was beautiful as were the rice krispie cakes with the balance being provided by a good selection of fresh fruit”
“The feedback from pupils is very good particularly in regard to the progression of the service and dining facilities.”
During the inspection, the catering standards of the school were scored across all aspects of the service from due diligence to food storage and from staff training through to the actual pupil meal experience.
For more details on Hollygirt School go to http://hollygirt.co.uk/
Housekeeping and catering staff at the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee have been celebrating after winning two major national awards for their cleaning and cooking.
On the housekeeping front the CAP Award inspectors were impressed by the dedication of the cleaning team to ensure the patient environmental was spotlessly clean.
Ian Jackson, Managing Director of the CAP Awards said: “We were hugely impressed by the real understanding staff had of their different roles and why what they were doing was so important to the patients and the hospital medical teams.
The CAP Awards (the Continuous Advancement Programme) measure the quality of cleaning and housekeeping in healthcare facilities across Ireland and the UK and are regarded by patients and their families as a mark of high quality.
The catering service also received praise from the CAP Award Programme. The soup of the day “apple and celery” was described as being simply delicious and the plaice was beautifully cooked.
Niall Donnelly, Hospital Manager at the Hospital said he was delighted that the housekeeping and catering staff had won the award adding it is important that the dedication of both teams is recognised.
The hospital plans to continue working with the CAP Awards in the year ahead to maintain, and where possible improve, the quality of the housekeeping and catering departments.
CAP Award inspectors are industry leading experts who support hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout the year to be the best they can be for their patients and staff.