Boys and Girls : 13 - 18 : Boarding
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Central to a pupil’s time at Uppingham is their boarding house and at the heart of each House lies its dining hall. House dining is so much more than an institution by means of which we eat, providing, beyond that, an atmosphere of familial intimacy in which pupils have time to enjoy their food and to communicate with one another and with House guests. Each House is served by a professionally equipped kitchen, which is staffed with trained chefs who mastermind the delivery of three meals a day to all the pupils who live in the House.
The House dining system underpins our approach to catering as a whole as we are providing meals in what is very much an extended family environment. Our goal is to provide menus that are nutritious, varied and enjoyable, using locally and ethically produced foods and we balance this with the feedback we get from pupils and parents.
Specifically these are the factors we consider when planning the pupils’ catering.
We adhere to two well published schemes when planning the weekly menus.
The School also employs a Nutritionist who audits our menus in terms of content and balance.
At a boarding school catering for three meals a day, seven days a week, it is easy for meals to become repetitive however; we ensure that pupils are offered the opportunity to try something new on a regular basis. Each week a new dish is tried and tested, with inspiration and recipes being obtained from many sources.
We listen carefully to the feedback we get from pupils, whether it is received directly via the House Chefs or from the House food committees. If a meal is not well received within the School it will not be repeated. Pupil feedback is essential in planning menus, and all of the House Chefs take pride in the meals they produce. Meal suggestions from pupils often make their way on to the menu.
The School is conscious about where food comes from in terms of supporting local suppliers and attempting to reduce the School’s overall carbon footprint. For these reasons, the School is committed to purchasing its food from UK producers whenever possible. At present 80% of food coming into the School is British.
For years there has been global concern for the welfare standards of livestock, and the School supports this view. Therefore all meat purchased for the School is from local suppliers who purchase from RSPCA approved farms or “Red Tractor” approved meats.
Special dietary requirements receive a more personal service from our House Chefs and every endeavour is made to ensure that these individual requirements are met, just as they would be at home. Wherever possible we try not to change the menus for pupils with special dietary requirements but simply to adapt the weekly menu to meet their needs. Pupils are very welcome to discuss their needs with the House Chef.
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