WilsonJones Catering Ltd
WilsonJones Catering Ltd is proud to be the catering services provider at Park View School.
We are an independent contract catering company who specialise in education catering. We have a real passion to deliver the very best meal service to our customers using the very best ingredients.
Our menus all fully comply with the New Government School Food standards and all of our meals are freshly prepared on site every day.
At Park View School, we offer the students a two course hot lunch which consists of a main meal and dessert supplemented with freshly prepared salads, a large selection of hot and cold ‘grab and go’ items, homemade tray bakes, fruit pots and a varied selection of drinks.
Darren Neal, our Group Development Chef, and Alicia Major, Operations Manager are responsible for the continued development of the menus and food innovations at your school and both Darren and Alicia are always happy to meet with students to gain their feedback and suggestions.
The kitchen at Park View School is led by our Catering Manager, Hammad – Hammad and his team are always on hand to listen to parents' and students' suggestions and will come up with new ideas to keep meal times enjoyable and fun.
We are a ‘Fresh Food’ Company…
We are proud of our fresh food provenance and we ensure the following minimum standards are followed:
- Our meat products are Red Tractor Farm Assured
- Our eggs are sourced from cage free hens and support the ‘Good Egg Award’ Accreditation
- We only use fish which is from sustainable sources and is approved by the Marine Stewardship Council
- 90% of our ingredients are freshly sourced and fair-trade produce is used where possible
- We support local farmers and our fruit and vegetables are supplied from Kent, Surrey and Sussex
- All of our menus and recipes are fully compliant with the Government School Food Standards
- Our menus and recipes follow ‘Food for Life’ principles
What is cashless catering?
At Park View School we use a cashless catering system. This means that students no longer need to bring money into school to pay for food and refreshments throughout the day. This system has a number of advantages:
Students are served much faster, dramatically reducing queuing times.
- Students no longer risk losing dinner money.
- Parents know that students are eating healthy foods each day and not spending money on unhealthy food and drinks.
- Students eligible for free school meals no longer need to queue for lunch tickets before school or at break.
- Parents/carers have the option to monitor the foods that their children are consuming by means of a secure website (this is available to parents/carers that choose to use 'parentpay')
- Pupils are able to access breakdowns of their nutritional intake for analysis across the curriculum.
How is this achieved?
In order to make this possible we use a biometric solution. The students are required to place a fingertip on a scanner at the point of sale. The students picture and name then appears on a screen for a till operator to verify. The till operator then selects the items the student wishes to purchase and the appropriate amount is automatically deducted from the student’s account.
How is money paid into a student's account?
There are two ways in which a student’s account can be 'topped up';
1. Online: Using a system called 'parentpay' parents/carers can top up the account, view the balance and see what their children have been eating.
2. Cash: Revaluation machines are located in fixed positions around the school. Students need to place their fingers on the scanner before adding money to the machine. The student's account is then 'topped up' immediately.
How do I find out if my child is eligible for free school meals?
Free school meals may be provided for your children if you, as a parent are in receipt of Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, income-related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced on 27 October 2008), the guarantee element of State Pension Credit, support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or receive Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income of less than £16,190.
To find out whether your child qualifies for free school meals, please complete the form available in the Free School Meals section on the website.
If you require any further information about Free School Meals, please contact the Information and Advice Centre on 020 8547 5234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you record a finger print?
The company that administer our biometric system is called Cunningham’s. They are an extremely experienced company and have provided biometric solutions to many schools throughout the UK. All students need to have their index fingers scanned. From this scan, 120 points are identified and converted to a numerical code that is unique to each student at a particular school. The finger print is not recorded and saved in any way.
What happens if I don't want my child to have their fingertip scanned?
We appreciate that some parents/carers may not want their children to use a biometric method of identification. If this is the case a student can still be identified at any point of sale by giving their name. The student’s picture would then appear on the screen and would require the till operator to confirm the student's identity before any money could be deducted from the account.
Food Hygiene Rated
Food Safety and Due Diligence is of paramount importance to WilsonJones and Park View School.
We are delighted that Park View School was awarded the maximum 5* Rating following the annual inspection from the Local Authority Environmental Health Department in recognition of our exemplary hygiene standards, in-house staff training and due diligence systems.
To find out more info please go to: www.wjcatering.co.uk