An independent assessor from the CAP Awards Programme (Continuous Advancement Programme for catering) visited Northampton High School unannounced earlier this year to audit the catering team and the service experienced by the pupils. The team passed with flying colours and were awarded the GOLD AWARD by CAP – a national programme regarded as the highest measure of quality, ‘safe best practices’ and service.
CAP inspector, Ian Jackson said “The feedback from the pupils across the age ranges was excellent. The pupils commented on the helpfulness of the Catering Staff and the range of food on offer. The menu choice was well balanced and the soup was particularly good. The attention to detail shone through and worthy of particular note were the luscious green beans that remained appetising and firm throughout the service”.
The Headmistress Dr Helen Stringer commended the Catering Team on their achievement and added that ‘the School appreciates their hard work and effort including their drive to continually progress the service’.
The CAP Award is a welcome addition to the School’s excellent academic record and its achievements in art, drama, music, science, technology and sports. The award has also demonstrated the importance that the school places on the well-being of pupils and staff.
The Catering Team at Northampton High School serves approximately 750 meals to pupils and staff on a daily basis 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.