Independents by Sodexo, Sodexo's independent schools business, has won a £1.4m contract with King's Hall School and King's College in Taunton to provide student and staff dining and hospitality.
King's College is an independent co-educational boarding and day school with more than 460 pupils aged 13-18 years. Its sister school, King's Hall School, is a prep and pre-prep with more than 300 boys and girls from the ages of 2 to 13. It offers full, weekly and flexi boarding for children from the age of eight. Both schools are members of the Woodard Corporation, the largest group of Church of England schools in England and Wales.
This is first time King's College has outsourced its catering and the first time the schools have worked together on their food offer. Sodexo will be tasked with providing a joined up approach to catering across the schools, offering pupils and staff a wide range of dishes, with an emphasis on fresh, nutritious and seasonal food.
Sodexo will invest in new facilities at the school and 35 staff will transfer to Sodexo as part of the contract.
Jeremy Alderton, managing director of Independents by Sodexo, said: "Independents by Sodexo is delighted to begin a new partnership with the King's Schools. We look forward to providing pupils and staff with a wide selection of fresh and seasonal dishes cooked by our highly skilled chefs."
Miles MacEacharn, director of finance at King's, added: "We were impressed by Sodexo's approach and innovative menus. We are confident that the whole community at both schools will benefit greatly from the team's culinary expertise and a new joined up approach."
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