The lack of quality in school food has been highlighted in recent years but we have always served fresh food since we started the business over 20 years ago.
For more than 20 years Independent Catering has been at the forefront of providing fresh food to Schools and Colleges.
In 1996 Andrew Saunders founded the company with a vision of creating a service based on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The company still led by Andrew, with a team of passionate skilled chefs, now provides a service to over 60 schools in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
We are justifiably proud to have been awarded the Soil Associations GOLD standard Food for Life for all our schools, which underpins our commitment to fresh, seasonal and locally grown ingredients. Our commitment to using the best food that Kent and the UK can offer lies at the heart of our approach and always has done!
Our core values ensure our customers (pupils and school staff) receive healthy balanced, and innovative menus served with a smile by our wonderful dedicated team of catering staff.
Our approach is simple! Great food prepared on site and fantastic value for money for parents.
The long term partnerships we have with our schools are testimony to our food and service ethos.
Made in your school kitchen! We prepare and cook all our menu items, so if you need to know the ingredients – please ask.
LOCAL and FRESH – Our daily main meals, soups, salads and cold food are made FRESH every day with local (Kent) seasonal produce.
PLEASE NOTE: OUR DAILY MENUS CAN BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
1 Cereals Containing Gluten 2 Crustaceans 3 Molluscs 4 Fish 5 Peanuts 6 Nuts 7 Eggs
8 Soybeans 9 Milk 10 Celery 11 Mustard 12 Lupin 13 Sesame 14 Sulphur Dioxide
No Nuts or Nut Oils are used in Independent Catering Primary and Secondary School Meals. Click Here to download our Food Provenance document.
IF YOU HAVE ANY ALLERGEN CONCERNS PLEASE SPEAK TO THE CATERING MANAGER
Oriental Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles (1, 7, 8)
or Vegetable Paella (10)
3 Cheese Pasta Bows (1, 9, 11)
Filled Baked Jacket Potato
Sides – Fresh Broccoli and Kent Cauliflower
Dessert – Peach and Apple Pie with Custard (1, 7, 8, 9)
Mexican Style Minced Beef
Tacos served with Savoury Rice (1)
or Roast Vegetable Goulash with Cous Cous (1, 10)
Ham and Mushroom Sauce served with Pasta (1, 9, 11)
Filled Baked Jacket Potato
Sides – Fruity Slaw (7, 9, 11) and Sweetcorn
Dessert – Tutti Frutti Tuesday
Roast Pork and Apple Sauce
or Spring Roasted Vegetable Wellington (1)
Arrabiata Pasta (1)
Filled Baked Jacket Potato
Sides – Roast Potatoes, Fresh Carrots and Whole Green Beans
Dessert – Sticky Toffee Pudding and Custard (1, 7, 8, 9)
Chicken and Summer Vegetable Wholemeal Pie (1, 10) with New Potatoes
or Spinach and Mushroom Lasagne (1, 9, 11)
Homemade Chunky Tomato Twirls (1)
Filled Baked Jacket Potato
Sides – Fresh Cabbage and Garden Peas
Dessert – Mixed Berry Mousse (9)
Hot Dog in a Roll (1, 8)
or Vegetarian Hot Dog in a Roll (1, 7, 8)
Salmon, Dill and Lemon Pasta Shells (1, 4, 9, 11)
Filled Baked Jacket Potato
Sides – Chips, Baked Beans, Braised Onions and Tomato Relish
Dessert – Chocolate and Orange Hob Nob (1, 9)
Available Every Day
Self Help Salad Bar with Crunchy Raw Vegetables
Fresh Baked Bread (1) – Drinking Water – Jacket Toppings (4, 7, 9)
Monday 26th June
Spaghetti Bolognaise served with
Mixed Salad and Cheesy Garlic Bread (1, 9, 11)
or Triple Cheese and Aubergine Lasagne
served with Mixed Salad and Cheesy Garlic Bread (1, 9, 10)
Cherry Crumble and Custard (1, 7, 8, 9)
Tuesday 27th June
Bengal Lamb Kofta Curry and Fragrant Rice, served with
warm Naan Bread and Cauliflower Bhaji (1, 11)
or Lentil and Vegetable Curry and Fragrant Rice served with
Naan Bread and Cauliflower Bhaji (1, 10)
Key Lime Pie (1, 8, 9)
Wednesday 28th June
Roast Pork, Apricot Stuffing, served with
Roast Potatoes, Carrots and Broccoli (1, 7, 9, 14)
or Lentil and Courgette Loaf and Fresh Tomato Sauce served with
Roast Potatoes, Carrots and Broccoli (7, 9, 10)
Apple and Sultana Pudding and Custard (1, 7, 8, 9, 14)
Thursday 29th June
Jerk Chicken, Rice and Peas served with
Mixed Leaf Salad and Fruity Slaw (7, 9, 11, 14)
or Texan Bean Chilli Wrap with Oven Wedges,
Mixed Salad and Fruity Slaw (7, 9, 11, 14)
Zesty Lemon Meringue Pie (1, 7, 9)
Friday 30th June
Traditional Fish and Chips, served with Peas or Side Salad (1, 4)
or Vegetarian Cheese Burger with Chips and Peas or Side Salad (1, 8, 9)
Berry Eton Mess (7, 9)
Fresh Chef’s Salad • Whole Grain Bread • Self Help Salad Bar
Welcome to the Independent Catering’s school meals online payment website. You can make payments for your child’s school meals using your debit card for free or credit card for a small charge.
Please register with SQuid by clicking on your son/daughters School, having received your 16 DIGIT REGISTRATION and 3 DIGIT CVV CODE.
If you do not have your son/daughters REGISTRATION number please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating your son/daughters School Name/Class/Year.
Once you have registered with Squid you can continue to make further payments throughout the school term, also view credit balance and see items purchased.
Top Tip: When you register, use your child’s name as the user name.
This makes it much easier if you have two children at school.
USING SQUID – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I GET A REFUND IF MY CHILD LEAVES OR MOVES SCHOOL?
Refunds are administered by Squid directly and not Independent Catering. For a full refund please log into your squid account in the usual way by clicking on your school from the list opposite (please remember to be logged into the squid account that you want a refund for just in case you have more than one account). Click on the Contact Us link in the squid website to reveal an email message box and request a full refund and closure of the account.
IF I HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD AT A SCHOOL USING SQUID DO I NEED TO REGISTER ALL CHILDREN OR JUST ONE?
Yes. Currently you will need to register each child even if they are in the same school. i.e. if you have three children all at schools who have squid as the online payment option you will have three letters informing you of three different registration numbers and you must set up all three squid accounts. (SEE ALSO QUESTION BELOW ABOUT PAYING WITH SQUID). Squid are currently working on a program to change this but it is not available yet.
IF I HAVE SET UP A SQUID ACCOUNT FOR EACH OF MY CHILDREN DO I HAVE TO SIGN INTO EACH ACCOUNT TO TOP UP THE BALANCE FOR EACH CHILD?
No. You can log in to one of the squid accounts (remember which one you are in) and top up the balance. Then select the friends & family option and type in the purse number for your other child (this is not the 16 digit registration number – it is a longer purse number allocated to each registered account) and top up the balance for that account and repeat this for each account you want to add funds to.
IS THERE A CHARGE FOR ME TO USE SQUID?
No if you use a Debit Card or Bank Transfer (bank transfers can take up to three days to show on the account). There is now a 2% charge for using a credit card.
DO I GET EMAIL CONFIRMATION OF EACH TOP UP?
Yes, if you pay by credit card.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO APPLY THE TOP UP TO THE ACCOUNT AT MY CHILD’S SCHOOL?
Credit Card and Debit Card Top Up’s are applied in approximately 15 minutes. Bank Transfers take up to three banking days to show on the account.
IF MY CHILD MOVED FROM ONE SQUID SCHOOL TO A DIFFERENT SQUID SCHOOL DOES THEIR SQUID ACCOUNT TRAVEL WITH THEM?
No. Currently you will have to register your child at the new school with a new squid 16 digit registration number and 3 digit CVV code which we can provide to you. You will need to contact us at Head office on 01732 746123 or email@example.com and we will transfer any balance for you.
HOW DO I SET UP MY SQUID ACCOUNT?
If you only have one child at a squid school you can use your (parents) details for both setting up the account information such as name, user name and passwords and your preferred user name. However if you have more than one child and are setting up multiple squid accounts you can use your name, address, email and passwords as above but the user name must be different for each account. As a suggestion you could chose your child’s name as the user name as a method to help you identify which account you are signing into but repeat all the other information in an attempt to have less to remember.
To REGISTER FOR PAYMENTS, CHECK BALANCES or TOP UP at the following schools, please click on your child’s school below
Astor College for the Arts
Beths Grammar School
Bishops Down Primary School
Borden Grammar School
Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
Charles Darwin School
Chislehurst School for Girls (previously Beaverwood)
Clare House Primary School
Crofton Infant School
Crofton Junior School
Darrick Wood School
Dartford Grammar School
Dover Christchurch Academy
Dover Grammar School for Girls
Fleetdown Primary School
Folkestone School for Girls (The)
Godinton Primary School
Invicta Grammar School
Judd School (The)
Knole Academy (The)
Langley Park School for Boys
Langley Park School for Girls
Lenham School (The)
Maidstone Grammar School
Manor Community Primary School
Newstead Wood School
Oak Lodge Primary School
Oakwood Park Grammar (Maidstone)
Oakwood School (Horley)
Robertsbridge Community College
Roseacre Junior School
Skinners’ School (The)
Southborough Primary School
St John’s C.E Primary School
St Olave’s Grammar School
Thomas Aveling School (The)
Valley Park School
Wallington High for Girls
Wilmington Grammar for Girls
Wilmington Primary School
ASHFORD – Secondary Chef/Cook Manager – 07.00 – 15.00 – £20K
BEXLEYHEATH – Primary Chef/Cook – 07.30 – 15.00 – £15-20K
BEXLEYHEATH – Catering Assistant – 09.30 – 14.00
HORLEY – Secondary School Chef/Cook – 07.00 – 15.00 – £15K
HORLEY – Catering Assistant – 09.30 – 14.30
MARGATE – Catering Assistant – 09.00 – 14.30
NORBURY – Primary Chef/Cook Manager – 07.00 – 15.00 – £20K
ORPINGTON – 6th Catering Assistant – 09.30 – 14.45
SEVENOAKS – Catering Assistant – 11.00 – 14.30
SITTINGBOURNE – Catering Assistant – 11.00 – 14.30
SOUTHBOROUGH – Catering Assistant – 09.00 – 14.30
WEST WICKHAM – Catering Assistant – 08.30 – 14.30
WILMINGTON – Catering Assistant – 10.30 – 14.30
Independent Catering Management Limited
125A St. Johns Hill
Kent TN13 3PE
Telephone: 01732 746123
Facsimile: 01732 746120
If you do not hear from us within 14-21 days please assume that your application has been unsuccessful or the position has been filled. Application forms are not always kept, so please apply again in future should another school catering position be advertised.