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Sodexo secures £4.6M catering contract for St Leonards School

Independents by Sodexo has secured a £4.6 million, five-year contract to provide catering services at St Leonards School in St Andrews.

Founded in 1887, St Leonards School in St Andrews has 600 pupils aged 5-18, including 150 boarders.

Starting on 20 August, the contract will enable Independents by Sodexo to introduce a new menu for pupils and staff at St Leonards School, providing breakfast, lunch, dinner, and options for morning and afternoon breaks.

Sodexo has committed to making 33% of its main meals plant-based by 2025. As part of this commitment, they will introduce dishes like barbecued jackfruit, roasted squash and aubergine madras, alongside other vegan, vegetarian, and free-from options.

It will also encourage the school catering team to minimise food waste and advise pupils to be mindful when selecting meals to avoid unnecessary waste.

Independents by Sodexo will additionally provide support to the school for hospitality needs and special events, such as sixth form balls and weekend match teas for sports.

Simon Knight, managing director for Independents by Sodexo, said: “We look forward to the start of term and to serve pupils with a brand new menu focused on sustainable, nutritious and delicious food.”

Last month, Sodexo announced a partnership with Great British Menu chef Kate Austen to create new dishes for its workplace dining offerings.

The caterer also recently secured a contract with Oasis Restore, the UK’s first purpose-built secure school for detained children and young people. As part of the contract, Sodexo will provide food services and offer hospitality skills training to students.