The health and wellbeing of pupils is of paramount importance to Hurst. We understand that good nutrition is vital in helping our pupils achieve their best in and outside of school and we have a responsibility to provide nourishing and appetising food.
To achieve this we chose Sodexo as our food providers; a company with more than 50 years’ experience in providing meals to many of the country’s leading independent schools. Sodexo understands the importance of the part they play in the day, diet and educational experience of pupils.
The 42-strong catering team at Hurst is overseen by Catering Manager, Sarah Canning and a management team of Nick Burnett and Matt Burnett. Executive Head Chef, John Brooke, and his team, produce quality nutritious meals from scratch using the best ingredients.
Menus offer a balance between old favourites, such as a traditional roast, and new dishes influenced by current high street trends. Meals are seasonal, reflecting the best of fresh local produce and are developed to offer variety, providing pupils with a range of healthy options but also allowing for treats. Wherever possible British seasonal fruit and vegetables are used and fish is often caught off the coast at Newhaven the night before being served.
Sodexo organises special themed days throughout the year, which can include Chinese, Mexican and Caribbean cuisine, or meals which link to historical events, such as VE Day, or to the curricum eg a lunch as would have been eaten in Roman times.
In addition to lunch for the 1,500 pupils and staff, Sodexo also provides breakfast and dinner for our 400 weekly or flexi boarders. The team also provides all the catering for house balls, sporting fixtures and other events and functions held at the school.
Special diets are also catered for, whether this is based on personal choice, religious observance or for medical reasons, and the catering staff are fully trained on allergens.
The team also use their Twitter feed @HurstCFood to engage with pupils and parents.