Case Studies

These are just a few of our success stories:

Edgbarrow School More [+]

Background

Edgbarrow School is the main state secondary school for Crowthorne, Berkshire. It is a Business and Enterprise specialist school achieving exam results consistently above the national average.

Challenge

When companies were invited to tender for a new 3-year catering contract in 2007, the school made it clear that as well as increasing the uptake of school food, it was looking for a partner which could integrate itself into the broader school community, and not be seen solely as the school caterer.

Outcome

Commenting soon after Cucina’s appointment, Jane Carpenter, the school’s Business and Enterprise Manager said: “Take-up of school lunches has soared. Cucina has a desire to be part of the school, rather than just being our caterers. They produce high quality food in line with Government guidelines, but still accommodate the needs of all our school community.”

Edgbarrow has recently renewed its 3-year contract with Cucina.

Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports College More [+]

Background

Southfield is an oversubscribed girls’ school in Kettering, Northamptonshire. It achieved its ‘Sports College’ status in 2004, and in 2009 was recognised as a High Performing Specialist School,  enabling it to also achieve ‘Science College’ staus.

Challenge

By 2006, the school had become concerned about the low numbers of students using the school canteen. As well as finding a way to dramatically increasing these numbers, the school’s governing body was looking to introduce more 6th formers to school food, and to replace chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks with fresher, healthier food choices.

Outcome

At the end of Cucina’s first day of operation in 2006, the canteen had taken more money than it was used to taking in a whole week. And in under a year, the number of students eating school dinners quadrupled.

Now, on average, over 500 students enjoy a cooked meal at lunch time, including a good proportion of 6th formers.

Lynda Lorentzen, Bursar for Southfield School said: “This increase in usage allowed us to practically eliminate our hefty catering costs, so we are delighted on all fronts.”

She added: “The standard of food at Southfield now wouldn’t be out of place in a restaurant and all the fresh fruit and vegetables on offer ensures that the girls get the nutrients they need. What’s more, no-one has missed the crisps and the fizzy drinks!”

Ofsted report, November, 2010: “The excellent range of food provided at the school canteen has high take-up and is appreciated by the students.”

Southfield School for Girls is currently in its second 3-year contract with Cucina.

Teddington School More [+]

Background

Originally 
‘boys only’ school, Teddington School was completely rebuilt in 2010
under the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ project.`

Challenge

When the school moved into its ‘state of the art’
facility it was looking to match its drive to achieve the highest standards of
teaching and learning with the best food service that it could provide for its
students, and at the best value.

Outcome

Jeremy Law, Deputy Head Teacher at Teddington School said:  “Cucina’s focus on quality of food, presentation and a decent dining experience makes them stand out for us. The staff members that have transferred over to Cucina are visibly proud of what they are serving, and it shows in their faces and in their interactions with the students.”

The Harefield Academy More [+]

Background

Harefield Academy opened its doors in 2005, replacing the failing John Penrose school. It is now recognised as one of fastest improving secondary schools in the South-East of England.

Challenge

The Academy had become concerned about the significant number of students who were choosing not to eat at the Academy Restaurant, and the possible negative effect that unhealthy food and eating habits were having on students’ learning and concentration.

Outcome

Within a year of its appointment in 2007, Cucina had turned the numbers around. Dr Phil Bassill, Director of Resources and Business Development commented: “The majority of our students now eat school dinners, and benefit from healthy, well-prepared, exciting food. We have seen Cucina’s positive influence on the students’ energy, behaviour and attention spans.”

Harefield Academy is currently in its second 3-year contract with Cucina.

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