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 ten years.
We are very proud of the food we serve here at 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 lunchtime 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, our students 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 between 800 - 1000 today. We also have a school shop on site provisioned by the catering department to relieve the pressure on our very busy dining room. On a daily basis over 1000 different students-more than 80% of our student body-go through our two food outlets, showing the importance of quality and choice. It is also gratifying to see students and staff enjoying a meal together, and develop the sense of school community that we value so highly. We are also delighted that many sixth formers now choose to stay on site and eat a school dinner rather than going out 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 the whole school together 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.
Please feel free to discuss this with Mr Raynor (Catering Manager) at any time as we do have a special menu available; we accept pre-orders for these menus. We appreciate that it is impossible to cater for everyone with regards to allergies and religious beliefs we have taken this into consideration and we do have options for everyone that be hot food or cold. (Please speak with Mr Raynor).
As an Ofsted registered Outstanding school, we understand that success never stands still. We continually gather feedback from the school council and now have a well-established herb garden.
The last few years has certainly been a challenge for the catering department, but we have adapted to those challenges without the need to lose our quality.
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. We still hold the title to this day.
We use only local suppliers for the amazing quality and service they all provide; our meat is sourced locally and is traceable; our groceries come from the Grantham depot of Brakes; our local bakery is just around the corner and all of our fruit and vegetables are from a local supplier, with many of the fresh vegetables grown locally in Lincolnshire.
- Brakes for Grocery products based in Grantham
- Ancaster Butchers in Grantham
- Sandwich King for all our sandwiches
- Bloomsbury bakery for all our bread
- Freshdrop for all our fruit and vegetables, delivered daily
We have once again gained our 5 Star hygiene rating from Environmental Health (most recently in September 2022).
In the last twelve months too, we have done away with plastic in school; the catering department is now 100% plastic free and we use recycled organic containers, cups and knives and forks for takeaways.
If you feel the need to discuss any of your daughter's dietary needs, please feel free to contact Mr Raynor.
Mr Kevin Raynor - Catering Manager
Tel: 01476 541140 (6am-2pm, Mon-Fri)