Secondary School Catering

Juniper Ventures are committed to serving freshly produced, exciting and flavoursome food served by experienced and trained colleagues.  Our teams are focussed in one vision to make high quality, fresh and affordable school meals.  We provide healthy and delicious meals in nursery, primary and secondary schools in East London and beyond.

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The team at Juniper have a great many years experience in providing a catering service to schools across Newham and beyond; which has given us a unique understanding of the demands of the education catering business and the needs of our customers.

Every day our catering teams produce in excess of 30,000 meals in approximately 80 schools within Newham and neighbouring boroughs and all of the money you pay for a school lunch goes towards the cost of providing the meal and improving the service for the future.

Juniper has the highest levels of quality and operates a quality assurance procedure that is based on ISO 9001 and an environmental policy based on ISO 14001 and aim to have confirmed accreditation within the next few months.

We recognise the secondary school market differs from that of the primary school sector and as well as the traditional two course lunch option provide many other options including a range of street food concepts and “grab and go” offers.  All our meals and other items for sale will always meet or exceed the Government’s School Food Guidelines as a minimum.

To provide peace of mind our school meals give active young people nutritious, great tasting food, we have the following purchasing policies:

  • dishes are freshly produced daily at your school.
  • wherever possible, we use only British produce, and source locally.
  • our procurement team work to very stringent specifications to ensure all products don’t contain unnecessary food additives.
  • we don’t use hydrogenated vegetable oils or genetically modified foods.
  • we use red tractor farm assured meat in our menus.
  • our nominated suppliers actively participate in reducing food miles where possible.
  • we use free-range eggs and hold the Compassion for World Farming’s Good Egg Award.

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Why should my child have a school lunch?

There are many reasons why students benefit from having a school lunch each day. Our meals are great value as all secondary aged children in Newham schools who are served by Juniper receive hot and healthy meals which is great for energy because students will use up a great deal of energy during a full school day. Students need to concentrate during lessons, let off steam at break times and recharge their batteries for the afternoon. Eating a school meal helps to achieve this and provides the following:

  • hot, healthy and nutritionally balanced menus.
  • a selection of homemade products and recognised meals that provide choice and variety to suit all tastes.
  • convenience – saving you time preparing packed lunches.
  • enhanced learning abilities – studies have shown that children concentrate better in lessons if they have had a fulfilling lunchtime meal.
  • teaches children the social skills involved with eating with others and how to make choices – learning need not stop when the lunch bell goes.
  • allows students to relax in a safe, supervised environment with friends.

Free school meals

Pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4 in state-funded schools may be entitled to receive free school meals if their parents or carers are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
· Income Support (IS)
· Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
· Income-related employment and support allowance
· support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
· Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
· the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.

Children who receive Income Support (IS) or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals. Children who have not attained compulsory school age will need to satisfy the additional requirement of receiving education both before and after the lunch period to qualify for free school meals.

Most secondary schools in which Juniper cater for operate a cafeteria service where individual items can be bought separately, although a set-price meal is also always available. A number of schools now operate a cashless smartcard or biometric payment system for buying school meals. These cashless systems allow parents to add other funds to their child’s account online so they can make use of it in addition to the free school meal allowance being automatically added each day. If a pupil receives a free school meals allowance or not is kept confidentially within the system.

If you want more information and to see if you are entitled to statutory free school meal in order to support your school financially please contact your School Business Manager.