Special diets are a very important part of our catering provision in school.
Allergen procedures are essential to ensure that the needs of individual pupils can be safely met. To ensure we offer the best possible service to our pupils and families, Mellors Catering Services have individual care plans in place for all pupils who have an allergy or intolerance.
In an educational setting particularly, with pupils being classed in the ‘vulnerable’ category (under 18), it is essential that we meet with parents/guardians and/or pupils to ensure that there is a variety of meals available throughout the week, and that individual nutritional needs are met.
We support pupils’ needs by working with our supply chain to offer allergen free foods to coincide with the daily menu/offer.
In line with the Food Information Regulations for allergens and food labelling, which came into effect, on the 13th December 2014, all of our dining rooms display an allergen notification for our customers and our recipe packs contain a breakdown of ingredients, inclusive of the food allergens they contain.
For the majority of our pupils the dining room is the only place they are able to purchase food when they enter school premises for the duration of the day. With this in mind, we have to ensure that we fully support pupils with special dietary needs and we make a commitment to do this for the lifetime of their education with us.
If your child has an allergy or intolerance, or you require further information, please contact the school directly and our Catering Manager, Mrs Broadbent, will get in touch with you to discuss further.
D. Watkins – BSc (Hons) RPHNtr
Head of Nutrition & Food Development (Mellors Catering)