School Catering in Birmingham

At AiP, we’re committed to delivering meals that is nutritious, flavourful and sustainable to Birmingham schools through bespoke solutions and digital innovation.

School Catering in Birmingham

At AiP, we’re committed to delivering meals that is nutritious, flavourful and sustainable to Birmingham schools through bespoke solutions and digital innovation.

Nutrition and Safety Standards Assured

Whether it’s on-site or off-site, at AiP our school catering services in Birmingham exceeds Government School Food Standards. We develop creative rotational menus in collaboration with leading nutritionists and our expert chefs. As seasoned education caterers, we are dedicated to providing school meals with complete ingredient transparency, exceptional nutrition, and delicious flavours at the forefront.

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

Our school meals are gentle with the earth as sustainability is a key driver of our operations . From local sourcing, seasonal produce and ethical suppliers we aim to be carbon neutral by 2025 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 90% by 2045. With the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) vetting our goals, Shorter supply chains, seasonal ingredients, free-range eggs, British Red Tractor-certified meat and MSC-licensed fish also mean peak freshness and flavour. We reduce food waste by utilizing “wonky” vegetables, which our chefs appreciate for their unique characteristics and flavours.

Sustainability initiatives

Our school meals are gentle with the earth as sustainability is a key driver of our operations . From local sourcing, seasonal produce and ethical suppliers we aim to be carbon neutral by 2025 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 90% by 2045. With the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) vetting our goals, Shorter supply chains, seasonal ingredients, free-range eggs, British Red Tractor-certified meat and MSC-licensed fish also mean peak freshness and flavour. We reduce food waste by utilizing “wonky” vegetables, which our chefs appreciate for their unique characteristics and flavours.

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Allergen management

We take allergen management seriously, and our stringent approach ensures that all students can enjoy food safely. Our teams work with schools to accurately identify pupils with special dietary needs. We offer allergen-free, vegetarian/vegan, and special dietary options on our menus. Parents, staff, and students can easily trace allergens and pre-order food using our The School Food United digital platform. We ensure that all allergen-free and special diet meals are prepared, stored, and labelled separately. Additionally, these meals are served using dedicated utensils to maintain strict dietary requirements and prevent cross-contamination.

Food safety and nutritional standards

At AiP, we take allergen management seriously. We ensure that all our meals are carefully crafted to accommodate allergies and food intolerances, taking every precaution to protect our students’ safety. The nutritional quality of our school meal programmes exceeds Government School Food Standards and complies with the School Food Plan. We work with the British Nutrition Foundation and skilled nutritionists to continually improve child nutrition in schools. Our ISO certifications include ISO 14001: 2015, ISO 9901: 2015 and ISO 45001: 2018. The Salford Council, our Primary Authority, ensures that our food safety standards and processes comply with all necessary guidelines.

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 Archway

At AiP, our school meal programmes focus on healthy eating, sustainability, student engagement and food education. Our food services in Birmingham are customised for primary, secondary, and 6th Form students, bringing professional expertise and innovation to school catering. Our menus are designed to promote healthy eating with delicious food that contributes to their overall well-being.

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.