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Tasty Healthy Food Served Up With A Smile

Children at Ramsgate Arts Primary have been served up a tasty return to school.

There is a new catering company providing delicious and healthy meals and the young diners are licking their lips at the prospect of trying out the nutritious menus in the weeks ahead.

There is a wide choice of dinner and pudding to meet all dietary needs prepared fresh every day.

One day’s options show the diversity of fare served up for the children. Chicken lasagne; spinach, sweet potato, lentil curry and rice; macaroni cheese; jacket potato with variety of fillings; fresh carrots and garden peas; wonky strawberries; homemade flavoured breads; fruity yogurts; cheese and biscuits.

RAPS children are happy to give the new meals their seal of approval. Leo said: “The salad bar has great options, like olives and feta cheese or crunchy peppers,” while Grace added: “We have lots of main meals to choose from and there is freshly baked bread too.”

Isla agreed that the menu was “really great” and added:  “The puddings are the best because they are healthy but delicious as well.” She also loved her dinner too: “The lasagne was so tasty.”

Helen Rolandsen is Mobile Manager for Independent Catering from Sevenoaks. She is working with the school kitchen team of Laura, Ange and Mandy for several weeks teaching them the way the company expects their meals to be prepared and presented.

 She explained: “I’m a bit of a foodie and I believe it is very important to give our children the best nutritionally balanced healthy range of meals to enjoy.

“We prepare, cook and serve our meals ‘old school’ with all of our dishes prepared fresh each day from locally-sourced produce whenever possible.

“We offer a range of four options on our daily menu for dinner and pudding and there is always a salad bar and fresh fruit too.

“Special dietary needs, allergies, vegetarians and vegans are catered for and we are happy to chat with parents to decide what is best for their children. Our hygiene standards are first class and our kitchen and preparation areas are checked throughout our service to ensure a top level of cleanliness is maintained at all stages.

“Our food choices are on a five-week cycle so there is always something different to taste each day, and we feature seasonal-flavoured menus as well as holding theme days celebrating all range of ideas from Roald Dhal to pirates.”

The Independent Catering team is also providing meals for RAPS partner schools within the Viking Academy Trust – Upton Juniors at Broadstairs and Chilton Primary in Ramsgate.


About Independent Catering: In 1996 Andrew Saunders founded the company with a vision of creating a service based on great food using locally sourced ingredients and suppliers. The company, still led by Andrew with a team of passionate skilled chefs, now provides a service to over 70 schools in Kent, Surrey and Sussex cooking tens of thousands of meals a day!

It states: “We are proud of our environmental and sustainable approach to our menus and food standards which underpins our commitment to fresh, seasonal and locally grown produce. Our commitment to using the best food that Kent, Sussex and the UK can offer lies at the heart of our approach and always has done!

“Our core values ensure pupils and school staff receive healthy and innovative menus, served with a smile by our wonderful dedicated team of catering staff.”


*For more information, contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847