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Charles Darwin School

Independent Catering

Over the past week there has been some concern expressed over social media regarding the hygiene rating of the school canteen.  I would like to reassure parents that the drop in rating relates to structural issues in the kitchen which are being addressed and do not relate in any way to the food handling/hygiene standards of Independent Catering


Sunil Chotai, 20 February 2018


Independent Catering offers a varied menu using fresh UK meats, salads and vegetables daily from Kent suppliers.  

In addition to a choice of main meals a freshly made selection of sandwiches, filled rolls and wraps; filled hot panini breads; soup; jacket potatoes; potted salads; fruit salads and a salad bar are also available.

A cashless catering system is operated via sQuid.  The sQuid online school meal payment system reduces the problems of students carrying cash within the school environment and encourages healthy eating.  It also allows parents/carers to manage accounts by being able to view balances, purchases and also make credits online. 

Independent Catering is fully compliant with the new School Food Plan standards and the New Allergen Rules and also holds the Silver Food for Life Award.

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