The LACA (Lead Association for Catering in Education) Awards acknowledge individuals and teams who continue to make a real difference to education catering. Good management, strong performance and high achievements deserve to be recognised and an acknowledgment of effort is important to both reward and sustain motivation. Being nominated for a LACA award gives a sense of prestige and honour at a personal level and raises the professional reputation of the school employing the award winners.
The abm team at Headlands Primary School were nominated for the fantastic job they do providing healthy and balanced meals for the pupils every day. Due to their engagement working closely with the Head Teacher and the parents / guardians of the pupils, the meal numbers have increased significantly by 16%.
As well as providing nutritious meals for the pupils every day, the team at Headlands regularly arrange and assist with various added value events. These range from the Head Teacher’s ‘Treat Days’ where the pupils get the chance to take part in a special session for example; a gingerbread person decorating workshop; to abm’s own ‘Smoothie Bike’ workshop where our free-standing bikes make smoothies when you pedal them. Pupils choose their own healthy ingredients, blend it up with their own pedal power and then get to enjoy their creation, all whilst learning about the benefits of the various healthy ingredients.
These events have raised the profile of the catering service at Headlands with the parents / guardians and has created a fantastic working partnership between the school and abm catering; resulting in increased enthusiasm and a passion for a healthy school meal option. In addition to all of this, our Chef Manager at the school regularly meets with the parents and guardians of the pupils who have special dietary requirements to confirm the procedures and discuss the dishes served in great detail.
Alison Lisney, Operations Manager for Headlands Primary School said: “I am so proud of the team at Headlands! Their determination, enthusiasm, commitment, passion and innovation made them worthy nominees and hopefully will make them worthy winners!”
The LACA Yorkshire and Humber Excellence Awards evening is being held on 14th June where our wonderful team will get to enjoy a cruise along the River Ouse in York followed by a BBQ and disco to celebrate the excellent work of them and many other teams across the region. We wish our team all the very best for the awards ceremony and hope they enjoy the BBQ and party!