Sodexo has won a three-year, £3.9 million contract with Wellspring Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust (MAT) operating in Yorkshire and the Humber region, to manage and deliver catering and hospitality services across initially 12 schools.
The schools will benefit from Sodexo’s new modern school food offer, Food & Co. by Sodexo, which moves away from tradition and has been developed following research conducted with pupils in key stages 2, 3 and 4 (ages 7-16) to understand the type of food they like, how they would like to eat it, as well as their preferred dining environment and experience.
Wellspring is an ambitious and growing MAT made up of schools in the Barnsley, Kirklees, Leeds, North East Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire areas. Its academies are a mix of seven primary schools, one secondary school, four special educational needs (SEND) schools and four alternative academies. Four brand new schools also have opening dates, throughout the year.
Sodexo will introduce a range of added value programmes across all the academies to empower and inspire pupils to get involved in service development and develop a lifelong love of food and cooking. These include Agents for Change, which sees peer-elected pupils take on the role of food and health champions, and Project Cook, a school cookery programme.
Sodexo will also run workshops with pupils from Wellspring schools to shape the new dining environment, as part of its Agents for Change programme. The programme gives pupils a voice in their dining experience at their school, ensuring it’s an inclusive and positive one for all.
Josh Greaves, Chief Operating Officer, Wellspring Academy Trust said: “As we work to build a strong community of academies informed by our growth strategy, it is important we have trusted service partners who can work with us to achieve our goals. We were very impressed with Sodexo’s pupil-centred, insight-led approach and look forward to enjoying their healthy and tasty food.”
‘Schools by Sodexo’ brings together an integrated suite of services including premises management, cleaning, grounds maintenance and asset management. It also includes an updated, modern school food brand – Food & Co. by Sodexo.
Sodexo currently works with 125 schools in the state sector and has over 10 years’ experience delivering integrated facilities services to schools across the UK and Ireland.