Food - NLCS Eats

Making sure our students are well fuelled for a busy day at school is key and food is very important at North London. Chartwells Independent, our contracted caterer, ensures that students enjoy good quality, healthy and balanced meals every day. They also cater for all types of diets and allergens.

Menus are based on a three-week rotational plan, changing each term to reflect seasonal variations in produce. Click here for sample menus.

The majority of the dishes served are home-made by our Head Chef and his team and most are made from fresh ingredients. The children are encouraged to choose a balanced meal from the dishes on offer and are welcome to sample any of the dish before choosing it as a way of expanding young palates.

Our Catering Manager ensures that all the food available is of a high standard and its nutritional content is carefully monitored.  Special meals, using specific ingredients, are prepared for those children who have medically prescribed dietary requirements and one member of staff in our dining room is dedicated solely to managing dietary needs such as intolerances and allergies.

Breakfast is available to purchase from 07:30 – 08:30 each morning and is a popular start to the day. Many parents enjoy a relaxed breakfast with their children and our dining room is a buzz as parents often use the time to catch up or to get to know other parents as well.

Social Responsibility is a key priority for Chartwells and they are working closely with us in helping to improve our overall greenhouse gas emissions, through the monitoring of food production, reduction of waste and the removal of high GHG impact foods. For a number of years, Chartwells have supported FareShare who deliver vital foods to charities across the UK.  The Chartwells nutrition and chefs also support Kitchen Social who run holiday programmes across London for groups of children who have food insecurity, by providing hot meals during holiday periods, when  they would not otherwise have one.

Within the school we work with a number of companies to ensure everything we order is removed responsibly.  Our food waste is collected to generate green fuels and thus not end up on landfill.  Our waste oil is recycled and used for low carbon biodiesel. Should we have food items that we cannot use, but are still suitable for consumption, we donate these to a local charity who circulate these to families in need.

Food education is another key priority and Chartwells Independent are continuously looking to introduce new flavours, textures and ingredients into the school menus through their Beyond the Chartwells Kitchen programme of events - regularly hosting tasting sessions to encourage the pupils to try something new.

An after-school cookery club provides students with the opportunity to learn anything from essential knife skills, to making sushi or baking bread.