At KGGS, we are proud of the outstanding achievements of all our students whether in the classroom, on the sports field or in the community. However, we also recognise that an education for life extends beyond exam results. So, as part of our ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of our students, we have transformed our lunchtime food provision over the past three years.
We are really proud of the food we serve here at the school – it’s home-made, nutritious and delicious! We offer plenty of choice, with a two week menu cycle that rotates three times a year, and makes the most of local and seasonal produce. Fresh vegetables are part of every main meal and fresh fruit is always available.
Our menus were developed in close consultation with the students, through School Council meetings, student surveys and group discussions with classes from each year group. We have carefully balanced the healthy eating choices with food that our pupils enjoy.
The lunch time provision exceeds the regulations set by The School Food Standards. Dishes have been specifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of teenage girls: lunches are high in iron, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and are low in salt, sugar and saturated fat. Most importantly, girls are encouraged to help themselves at the salad bar, which always has a plentiful variety of freshly prepared salads, vegetables and fruit.
The improved uptake of school meals is evidence of our success: the average number of students purchasing a school meal has grown from 294 per day in January 2012 to nearly 600 today. It is also gratifying to see students and staff enjoying a meal together, and developing the sense of school community that we value so highly. In particular, we are delighted that many sixth formers now choose to stay on site and eat a school dinner rather than heading off to nearby commercial outlets. Everyone especially appreciates the effort our catering staff put into special lunches throughout the year, including Christmas dinner, Chinese New Year and the summer picnic. These events bring together the whole school in a spirit of friendship and celebration.
The introduction of cashless catering has improved the dinner hall experience for students by significantly reducing queuing times. Parents also appreciate the convenience of topping up accounts on-line, as well as being able to keep close track of what their daughter is purchasing.
As an ‘Outstanding’ school, we understand that success never stands still. We continually gather feedback from the School Council and have exciting plans to develop our very own herb garden.
On Thursday the 9th July 2015, the KGGS Catering team were awarded the Department for Education School Food Achievement Award
by LACA (Lead Association for Catering in Education). This award was given not only for quality, but awarded based on the opinion of the students that use the facility.