Caterers from Warwickshire school win national award for going 'above and beyond' to feed children during pandemic - The Rugby Observer

Caterers from Warwickshire school win national award for going 'above and beyond' to feed children during pandemic

Rugby Editorial 10th Dec, 2020   0

A DEDICATED catering team from a Warwickshire primary school has won a national award for going ‘above and beyond’ to deliver school meals and more during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Educaterers catering team from Knightlow Primary School in Stretton-on-Dunsmore won the ‘Primary School Catering Team’ title in the LACA Awards for Excellence 2020.

The school remained open throughout the crisis, with supervisor Kayleigh Hall and assistant Tia Nelson caring for and feeding vulnerable children and those of key workers.

Educaterers would usually provide face-to-face training for a new catering supervisor, but this was not possible for Kayleigh, who started at the school in March. She had to fall back on her previous training as a catering assistant and undertake remote mentoring and online training as well as train her new assistant Tia.




Managing Director of Educaterers Terry Tredget said: “I’m delighted that Kayleigh and Tia have got the recognition they deserve and have won this national award. They really pulled together and formed a close bond right from the start.

“They were determined to devise and implement activities to increase awareness of and support the school’s food service and do their very best for their young diners and the wider community in Stretton on Dunsmore.”


Their activities included making ‘thank you’ sweet treats for their ‘mini key workers’, organising a meal delivery service to children from their partner school which had closed, a sports day themed lunch, and a sports themed picnic treat for key workers on the school field.

When schools reopened, the team devised a special hot and cold ‘deli bag’ menu to support social distancing.

Terry added: “Our Educaterers team at Knighlow Primary School perfectly exemplify the amazing, caring, committed, dedicated and hard-working attitude of the school food industry.

“They more than stepped up to the plate, working in a Covid secure environment, with humour and professionalism and without concern for themselves, to ensure that every child had a great school lunch.

“But they went far beyond that by planning themed events, making sweet treats and devising activities that helped these children leave their worries at the school gate.

“When the school they send a lunch to everyday closed, Kayleigh and Tia arranged a meal delivery service to the vulnerable and free school meal eligible children, to ensure they got at least one good meal a day. They also worked throughout the Easter school holidays and half term too.

“I’m extremely proud of everything they have achieved.”

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