Wilson Vale has gained a one-year catering contract worth £250K in annual turnover with Herne Hill School, the UK’s largest standalone independent pre-school and pre-prep school for 2–7 year olds (Kindergarten to Year 2).
Tucked away behind St. Paul’s Church on Herne Hill, the school is well known within South London for its ethos of care and excellence.
A team of five Wilson Vale staff now caters for 250 children and 55 staff daily since the catering contract officially opened on Monday 4th June 2018. The team provides a ‘family service’ lunch for Kindergarten and Pre‑Reception children in their classrooms, as well as a full lunch service in the dining hall for the older children.
The independent caterers also operate a ‘Breakfast Club’ service, an after-school offer and hospitality catering.
Andrew Wilson, co-founder of Wilson Vale, said: “This is a particularly special gain for Wilson Vale as it is our first London school. When working with young customers, our goal is always to nurture a life- long love of good food and to provide a level of care and passion, and we know that we are absolutely at one with the school’s ethos on this.
“Providing a balanced nutritious meal is really important, especially for young children who are learning and growing. All of our food is wholesome and healthy, and we follow the principles of using fresh quality raw ingredients, adding no preservatives, salt or additives.”
Wilson Vale chefs don’t use convenience foods or products, and, as a company policy, only 8% of all of its purchases are frozen ingredients.
Dominik Magyar, director of Herne Hill School, said: “We aim for excellence in all of our provision for the children in their most important formative years. This includes not only a varied, healthy and tasty food offering based on fresh produce across the seasons but also making nutrition and food even more central to the children’s educational experience at Herne Hill School.
“We feel that Wilson Vale are best placed to help us realise these high ambitions and are very much looking forward to working with them.”
Now one of few medium-sized independent caterers operating within the foodservice sector, Wilson Vale has a portfolio of 95 clients, mainly within the corporate sector, independent education and conferencing.
Annual turnover is forecast at £33 million for year-end December 2018.