School caterer T (n) S Catering has been brought in to provide meals at The Faringdon Academy of Schools following the collapse of Carillion.
Carillion provided catering at four of the eight schools that form The Faringdon Academy, based in Oxfordshire. T (n) S Catering already provided catering at three of the schools so were the logical choice to be brought in to ensure that children did not miss out on their school meal. Across the country, hundreds of pupils were in danger of missing out on school meals following the sudden collapse of Carillion, with local authorities stepping up to provide a last minute solution.
The Academy and T (n) S Catering designed a survival plan to maintain the service without interruption or compromise on quality. Not only did it mean the caterer had no time to prepare for the four extra schools, but it was unclear whether employment transfer legislation regulations applied, the regulations that protect employees’ terms and conditions when a business or undertaking, or part of one, is transferred to a new employer.
T (n) S Catering key staff arrived on site on the morning of 1st February after Faringdon’s catering staff became unemployed as of midnight the previous day. Not all staff could be offered immediate employment with the firm for legal reasons and affected staff had to be temporarily employed by the school.
“I would like to thank the team at T (n) S Catering for its support for helping us plan a contingency to guarantee a catering provision at four of our primary schools,” said John Banbrook, business and finance director at Faringdon Academy of Schools. “It was indeed a frenetic period as we sought to confirm the legal status of the Carillion AMBS contract whilst working with the very limited available information from the Department for Education and PWC acting as receivers.
“T (n) S’ support helped us to reassure staff they would be assured of a job going forwards, to protect our supply chain and to put in place plans ensuring compliance, health and safety and food hygiene. More importantly our young pupils experienced no break in service. We very much look forward to working with T (n) S to develop these contracts and the catering service at each of these schools.”