Sodexo has won a five-year contract to provide facilities management and school catering at seven schools in Swindon.
The deal with ESSL (Education Services Swindon Ltd), worth £10m, will include two secondary schools (Abbey Park School and Nova Hreod), three primary schools (Red Oaks, Orchid Vale and Moredon) and two schools for pupils with severe learning difficulties (Brimble Hill and Uplands). Four of the schools are situated on a single “Learning Campus” site, with the other three located separately in the Swindon Borough.
It is the latest contract for Sodexo’s new Schools by Sodexo offer, which brings together facilities management services, as well as a new modern school food brand, Food & Co. by Sodexo.
Sodexo ran workshops with students at the Swindon schools to shape their new dining environment as part of its Agents for Change programme, which provides pupils with a meaningful voice to help shape and promote better health and wellbeing by ensuring the food and dining experience at their school is inclusive and positive.
“So far we’ve had fantastic feedback from the students and are excited about the potential to deliver better engagement with food and better health outcomes as a result,” said Matt Garner, managing director for schools at Sodexo UK and Ireland.
Some of the comments from pupils included: “It’s great that we can make space, it makes it ours – cos it’s not part of the school it’s our social space.” And “The boxes will be great for those who are doing GCSE’s who have study leave and go home for something to eat – usually toast! – this offer is more enticing for them to stay at school for revision.”
The pupils will also be involved in launching the new food and dining area to their peers as advocates.