The pupils and staff at Ipswich School are no strangers to winning top awards but this time it was the turn of the dedicated Catering Team to collect a national award in recognition of the excellent standard of catering provided at the school. This also marks a first for a Suffolk School
An assessor from the CAP Awards Programme (Continuous Advancement Programme) visited the School in September to audit the team and was impressed with what he found. The Programme recognises excellence in catering and is regarded as the highest measure of quality, ‘safe best practices’ and service.
Ipswich School’s Headmaster, Nicholas Weaver, praised the catering team for their achievement. He said: “With growing evidence that diet and nutrition impacts learning ability, the importance of our catering at Ipswich School is high. Winning a CAP Award is a great achievement and proves that we are committed to a culture of continued excellence at Ipswich School.”
Mr Weaver added: “Well done to all the catering staff. The work they do day in, day out, and the passion they have for serving high quality, home-cooked food is absolutely key to the success of the entire school.”
CAP inspector, Ian Jackson said: “Ipswich School are worthy winners of their CAP Award. The wide choice of hot and cold foods was seen as being offered to the pupils by a focused and enthusiastic catering team with the cauliflower and broccoli bake being outstanding. The feedback from the pupils and academic staff at all the catering locations was positive and appreciative of the catering term and the service they provide”
The Catering Team at Ipswich School has 5 star ratings from Environmental Health for all four of its kitchens – at the Senior School, Prep School, Boarding House and at Ipswich School Sports Centre, Rushmere. Each day the team serves approximately 1000 meals for pupils and staff, with healthy eating menus and homemade meals, all of which are produced on site.
The Catering Teams use local suppliers and ethically sourced produce, catering for allergies and special diets on request, and regularly produce special menus to introduce pupils to different cultural dishes. They also cater for all sports and school functions.