School Catering City of Westminster

At AiP, we work closely with suppliers and food development teams to deliver high-quality, delicious dishes for pupils in Westminster.

School Catering City of Westminster

At AiP, we work closely with suppliers and food development teams to deliver high-quality, delicious dishes for pupils in Westminster.

Ensuring Nutrition and Safety Standards

At AiP, we prioritise student wellbeing and safety by providing nutritious school lunches. In partnership with the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), we aim to promote healthy eating habits and a positive relationship with food.

All AiP chefs receive training from the BNF, leading to the introduction of Healthy Eating Weeks at numerous sites nationwide. This initiative reflects our commitment to being a trusted school contract caterer.

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.

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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.

Our Sustainability Initiatives

At AiP, sustainability is at the heart of our mission in Westminster. We have set ambitious targets to cut food waste by 50% by 2025. Leveraging digital pre-ordering and waste-tracking technologies, we minimise food wastage across Westminster’s schools.

Additionally, we partner with local suppliers, including Wonky Veg and rotate our menus seasonally to showcase the finest produce the UK has to offer.

Our Sustainability Initiatives

At AiP, sustainability is at the heart of our mission in Westminster. We have set ambitious targets to cut food waste by 50% by 2025. Leveraging digital pre-ordering and waste-tracking technologies, we minimise food wastage across Westminster’s schools.

Additionally, we partner with local suppliers, including Wonky Veg and rotate our menus seasonally to showcase the finest produce the UK has to offer.

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Allergen management

Ensuring a safe dining experience for every pupil in Westminster is our top priority. AiP implements stringent allergen management protocols, offering allergen-free menu options and using the School Food United platform for seamless allergen tracking and ordering.

We work closely with schools to identify and accommodate students with dietary restrictions, maintaining separate preparation, storage, and labelling practices as needed.

Commitment to Food Safety and Nutritional Standards

With expert guidance from nutritionists, we curate balanced and nourishing meals tailored to students’ lifestyles, exceeding Government School Food Standards. Our initiatives include chef-led sugar swap classes, promoting healthier choices across Westminster’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 School in the City of Westminster

With over 20 years of industry experience, we design menus that provide delicious and nutritious choices tailored to students of all ages.

We are committed to providing nutritious and sustainable school meals made fresh using sustainable food sourcing, we keep our food miles short and menus seasonal. Our school catering in Liverpool always sets high standards for food quality and safety.

Our digital platform, School Food United, allows easy and efficient pre-ordering for safer meals for all children. It facilitates two-way feedback and better communication. The platform provides detailed information to improve allergen tracing and decision-making, while also reducing the stigma associated with free school meals, ensuring that every child can enjoy nutritious lunches with their peers.

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.