Chefs at a Warwickshire primary school have been named best in the country after going “above and beyond” to deliver school meals throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
The catering team from Knightlow Primary School in Stretton-on-Dunsmore were one of three listed for the ‘Primary School Catering Team’ award, which they were announced the winners of on November 25.
Two women, catering suvervisor Kayleigh Hall and Catering Assistant, Tia Nelson make up the team and the primary school stayed open throughout the first national lockdown.
Kayliegh and Tia were tasked with feeding both vulnerable children and those who’s parents are key workers.
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Their activities included making ‘thank you’ sweet treats for their ‘mini key workers’ to make the children feel special; organising a meal delivery service to vulnerable children from their partner school that stayed closed; a sports day themed lunch in the dining room; and a sports themed picnic treat for key workers with a fun day on the school field.
As schools reopened, the team devised a special hot and cold ‘deli bag’ menu to support social distancing in schools and provide a delicious, healthy and fun alternative to a packed lunch from home, which proved very popular with the children.
The award is given out by LACA Awards for Excellence 2020 and recognises teams who continue to make a real difference to school food and education catering.
Managing director of Educaterers, who employs Kayliegh and Tia, Terry Tredget, said: “I’m delighted that Kayleigh and Tia have got the recognition they deserve and have won this national award.
“Both Kayleigh and Tia really pulled together and formed a close bond right from the start.
“They were determined to devise and implement activities to increase awareness of and support the school’s food service and do their very best for their young diners and the wider community in Stretton on Dunsmore.”
Terry continued: “Our Educaterers team at Knightlow Primary School perfectly exemplify the amazing, caring, committed, dedicated and hard-working attitude of the school food industry.
“They more than stepped up to the plate, working in a Covid secure environment, with humour and professionalism and without concern for themselves, to ensure that every child had a great school lunch.
“But they went far beyond that by planning themed events, making sweet treats and devising activities that helped these children leave their worries at the school gate.
“When the school they sent a lunch to everyday closed, Kayleigh and Tia arranged a meal delivery service to the vulnerable and free school meal eligible children, to ensure they got at least one good meal a day. They also worked throughout the Easter school holidays and half term too.
“I’m extremely proud of everything they have achieved.”
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