The School Meals Catering Service will deliver a high quality, good value, lunchtime meals service to children and young people which supports families in providing their children with a healthy and balanced diet.
The choice of meals and snacks on offer each day will meet all necessary food legislative requirements including those relating to the type, style, mix and frequency of food included on the menu and those that ensure that children and young people receive the right balance of nutrients to develop and grow.
The service is committed to using quality products, and ensures that the menu choices on offer are high in fibre, and low in fat, salt and sugar. Menus and recipes will offer a variety of colour, texture and appearance and take account of seasonal availability of ingredients.
The service is managed and delivered on behalf of schools by experienced and skilled staff who have received all necessary training including the following:
• Food safety training certified by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH, Level 2)
• Health and safety training
• Children and young people's services directorate safeguarding training.
In addition we are able to respond to specific requests relating to medically certified special dietary requirements (e.g. nut allergies) and religious preferences.
Analysis of menus to ensure that we offer nutritionally balanced, healthy meals is undertaken on a regular basis. More information on this and our response to meeting special dietary requirements is available from Susan Stephens, School Meals Catering Officer, on 01925 443081.
The service is committed to delivering a value for money service which does not rely on any additional financial subsidy from schools. To this aim, in 2011 and 2012, the service has been the subject of a significant redesign to improve efficiency. Costs can now be contained within the financial resources available: for free school meals; from sale of meals and snacks; and the equivalent of that provided as School Lunch Grant with no requirement for any additional subsidy.
A sustainable service will be achieved by maximising the take-up of free and paid school meals, appropriate pricing of meals and snacks and constant monitoring of staffing requirements to ensure that staffing levels are in line with service needs.
A further key element of the drive to improve and sustain efficiency is modernisation of the service through the introduction of technology. This will enable managers and kitchen staff to have access to timely information on productivity and sales. Prompt action can then be taken, for example, to address a drop in sales through targeted promotional activity.
The aim is to establish an effective, efficient and sustainable Warrington School Meals Catering Service in order that the council can continue to be the first choice provider of all Warrington primary and special schools for the foreseeable future.
In this way we can continue to make an important and positive contribution to the health and well being of Warrington's children and young people
The Architecture and Building Maintenance Unit (A&BMU) is now known as Building Services. In partnership with Mears Building Services offers the following building maintenance services:
• PPM (planned preventative maintenance) which allows the school piece of mind that your statutory inspections and maintenance are being carried out in line with legal requirements and good practice standards
• Response repairs which provide you with the confidence that, should the unexpected occur, a suitably qualified and skilled tradesperson or team will be available and/or on site within an agreed timeframe
• A single point of contact (first response call centre) which gives you support and guidance as well as access to high quality, appropriately specialised tradespeople saving you time, effort and the inconvenience of sourcing a capable contractor
• Maintenance support, advice, inspection and audit checks from skilled and qualified building surveyors / engineers, contract supervisors and cost control officers
• Customer care meetings with your dedicated surveyor to allow you to raise any building related issues, problems, projects, queries, etc. You will be offered a pre agenda self selection list to allow you to set the agenda and to ensure that we send the right person to talk to you. The purpose of these meetings is to find out what works for you and what we need to target in a rolling programme of improvements
• The provision of an updated and audited, school-specific log book containing your school-specific PPM programme, asbestos information and the certificates, reports and recommedations generated following PPM visits. In a single location, the log book holds all the paperwork you need to help you demonstrate compliance with legislation and good practice
• The reporting of identified, recommended remedial work following PPM activity for customer consideration.
EVOLVE - Learning Outside the Classroom
To enable children, young people and staff to participate in and enjoy residential and adventurous activities outside of classroom which are safe.
To provide guidance aimed at ensuring that the main statutes affecting educational visits/ learning outside the classroom are adhered to
These include the:
• Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
• Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)
• Activity Centres (Young Person’s Safety) Act (1995)
• Children Act (2004)
• Childcare Act (2006)
To provide support and guidance in terms of residential visits and adventurous activities outside the classroom in order to minimise the risk for the academy of prosecution in the event of an accident or serious incident.
To ensure that the preparation for all visits/activities is as thorough as possible taking account of the need to minimise the health and safety risk to young people.
To assist in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of educational visits/learning outside the classroom using the Evolve system.
To provide employer guidance in the form of the Warrington guidance for learning outside the classroom including Evolve.
To ensure all visits/activities take place meeting the criteria of the Warrington guidance for learning outside the classroom including Evolve.
To provide training to staff who have the role of Educational Visits Coordinator
Finance Advisory Service
A complete package of budgetary advice and support
School Improvement and Advisory Services
New School Improvement Offer from September 2017
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