School Catering in Brent

At AiP, we specialise in transforming pupil lunchtimes with innovative menus that provide delicious, locally sourced, and balanced school meals in Brent.

School Catering in Brent

At AiP, we specialise in transforming pupil lunchtimes with innovative menus that provide delicious, locally sourced, and balanced school meals in Brent.

Nutrition and Safety Standards Assured

We deliver healthy school lunches that prioritise the well-being and safety of our pupils. As experienced education caterers, we are committed to providing tasty school meals with quality ingredients and exceptional nutritional value.

We actively promote healthy eating habits through our partnership with the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). The BNF, a public-facing charity, supports our team by providing reliable nutritional information, helping us encourage a balanced diet in schools across Brent.

Food to make students smile

Founded over 20 years ago and operating in over 400 educational institutions, we’re the experts in school catering. Our local-first approach delivers innovative menus full of tried and tested recipes that support pupil happiness and wellbeing.

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Food Smart

Built for primary school pupils, Food Smart is about having fun with food, investing in dining spaces, and offering engaging menus.

Kitcheners

Kitcheneers

Retail-focused, our secondary school offering is a fresh approach to health and wellbeing with our health by stealth programme.

The Forum

Learn more about our world flavour food offer, designed especially for sixth-form students expecting high street café culture.

Food Smart

Built for primary school pupils, Food Smart is about having fun with food, investing in dining spaces, and offering engaging menus.

Kitcheners

The Kitcheneers

Retail-focused, our secondary school offering is a fresh approach to health and wellbeing with our health by stealth programme.

The Forum

Learn more about our world flavour food offer, designed especially for sixth-form students expecting high street café culture.

Sustainability initiatives

At AiP sustainability is at the heart of our mission, and achieving net zero is our priority. We are committed to delivering a better service by measuring, reporting, and reducing our carbon footprint. We aim to become carbon neutral by 2025 and to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2045.

To reach net zero, we focus on reducing, rather than offsetting, our carbon emissions, with our short- and long-term targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Recognising the link between food waste and carbon emissions, we have set an ambitious goal to reduce our food waste by 50% by 2025, using digital pre-order and waste tracking technology to minimise food wastage in Brent’s schools.

Sustainability initiatives

At AiP sustainability is at the heart of our mission, and achieving net zero is our priority. We are committed to delivering a better service by measuring, reporting, and reducing our carbon footprint. We aim to become carbon neutral by 2025 and to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2045.

To reach net zero, we focus on reducing, rather than offsetting, our carbon emissions, with our short- and long-term targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Recognising the link between food waste and carbon emissions, we have set an ambitious goal to reduce our food waste by 50% by 2025, using digital pre-order and waste tracking technology to minimise food wastage in Brent’s schools.

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Allergen management

We understand the importance of allergen management in ensuring a safe dining experience for all pupils in Brent. That’s why we have implemented a stringent allergen management policy, which includes offering allergen-free menu options and utilising the School Food United platform for easy allergen tracking and ordering. Our team works closely with schools in Brent to identify students with dietary restrictions, ensuring that meals are prepared, stored, and labelled separately with dedicated utensils as required.

Food safety and nutritional standards

With the support of our expert nutritionists, we create a balanced and nourishing meal service tailored to students’ lifestyles which goes beyond Government School Food Standards. We continually seek new ways to inspire healthy eating, offering chef-led sugar swap classes throughout the academic year to promote healthier choices in Brent’s schools.

Awards and accreditations

We’re proud to hold many awards and accreditations that speak to our high standards for safety and sustainability

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Why work with Us?

To exceed all nutritional standards

Producing delicious freshly cooked meals

Creating a Home from Home experience

Providing a fun environment for the pupils

Delivering a packed schedule of theme events

Employing happy friendly smiling staff

Offering a range of special offers

Introducing gardening and cookery clubs

Facilitating competitions, prizes and rewards

Inviting parents in for lunch

Working in partnership with the school

A friendly and open management style

Nutritionally Balanced Student Meals for Schools in Brent

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we specialise in bespoke, digital, and sustainable catering solutions for schools in Brent. Our meals are designed to provide flavourful and nutritious options that can be enjoyed by pupils of all ages.

We proudly exceed Government School Food Standards and safety regulations, and our services are backed by awards and accreditations. Our food safety standards and processes are supported by our Primary Authority, Salford Council, and our certifications include ISO 14001: 2015, ISO 9001: 2015, and ISO 45001: 2018.

What food safety standards are followed by AiP?
  • We have the following ISO accreditation : ISO 14001: 2015, ISO 9901: 2015, ISO 45001: 2018.
  • We comply with all regulations, and we have a legal partnership with our Primary Authority (Salford Council) which assures all of our food safety standards/processes
How does AiP address allergen management?
  • Any child with a dietary requirement complete our special diets form. The kitchen team and the school agree a plan to identify these children as they come into the dining hall at service.
  • The form is then given to the kitchen and our nutrition team. Together, they create the information needed for safe meals. In the instance of allergy or intolerances, they will create a menu with at least 2 daily options (in most instances) from which the parent/carer and pupil can choose their meals.
  • Once the parent has chosen the meals, the kitchen prepares the chosen items and holds them separately, labelled with the pupil’s name and allergen. This is then served to the pupil as they come into the dining hall with separate utensils and plates.
Does AiP accommodate special dietary needs for primary school students?
Yes, we can accommodate most special dietary needs. In some instances, we may ask for medical information to confirm that we are creating the correct meal to keep students safe. But, this is only requested in a minority of times when allergens fall outside the 14 regulated allergens or the need is very medically specific.
Does AiP accommodate special dietary needs for secondary school students?
Yes, we can accommodate most special dietary needs. In some instances, we may ask for medical information to confirm that we are creating the correct meal to keep students safe. But, this is only requested in a minority of times when allergens fall outside the 14 regulated allergens or the need is very medically specific.
What Certifications do you hold to certify menu quality and sourcing?
  • Food For Life Bronze
  • MSC licence
  • All meat used is British Red Tractor Certified
Key considerations to take onboard when selecting a caterer for schools?
  • What is your number one requirement from a school meal provider?
    • Only supplies Education Catering. All of our insight, research, and development is focussed on providing freshly prepared, healthy, and tasty meals to schools, using the School Food Plan and Public Health information as our starting point.
  • Can you meet the needs of our diverse school population?
    • At AiP, we know that one menu doesn’t fit all schools. We offer a selector style menu so that you can tailor the menu to your needs.
  • Queues are a big problem at our school, we need to minimise wait times and get children eating within our timetable
    • At AiP, we have come up with several strategies to help decrease waiting times such as sign posting along the queue so that students know what is on offer before they arrive, pre-ordering so that meals are ready when they arrive, direct marketing to parents and students so they’re aware of what’s on offer before they arrive, and opening multiple servery points to split traffic. In addition, our primary school pre payment solution, School Food United, allows parents to pre order via the app to help improve speed.
Do you cater for different types of dietary preferences?
  • Yes, we offer at least 2 vegetarian options each day.
  • We strive to make our vegetarian options vegan friendly as well. We do offer at least one vegan option each day.
  • We participate in Meat Free Mondays.
  • All of our dessert options are vegetarian. Some of them are also vegan friendly.
  • We do not use pork gelatine in any of our desserts.
  • We can offer Halal meat if requested by the school.