Independent Catering – it’s the best kept secret in the south of England and has been for 20 years since we first started to provide freshly prepared, locally sourced food for our young customers in the school kitchen. We have come a long way since then, creating food that, of course, surpasses the standards in the new school food plan whilst delivering delicious menus the children love at great value.

As a small (and yes, independent) caterer we take pride in sourcing from local suppliers using seasonal produce from Kent and surrounding counties, so you can be sure of the provenance of our food. Indeed all our schools and colleges have achieved the silver food for life award demonstrating our commitment to healthy, ethical and organic ingredients. We encourage staff and students to eat a balanced meal at lunchtime and parents can guarantee their lunchtime money is being spent on fresh food through our cashless system – credited on line via Squid!

Andrew Saunders and Peter Hine the founders of Independent Catering way back in 1996 remain as passionate today as they did when they embarked on their journey, and delight in playing a part in the education and well being of our customers.

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 20 years ago.

Andrew Saunders

Independent Catering are pioneers in introducing Squid, the interactive cashless system, in to all schools. This makes it easier for schools, parents and pupils to enjoy a hassle free school meal.

Peter Hine


Download our current term menus in PDF format.

Click here for our primary schools menu or
Click here for our secondary schools menu.


squid_logo_icon Click here to find out more about our cashless payment system reducing the problems of cash in the school and encouraging healthy eating.


Subscribe to our E Newsletter for regular news and menu updates.

No Nuts or Nut Oils are used in Independent Catering Primary and Secondary School Meals.
Click Here to download our Food Provenance document


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.


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


Monday 23rd May
M Spaghetti Bolognaise & Garlic Bread (1, 8, 9, 10)
or V Mixed Bean Chilli Con Carne & Rice (10)
P Salmon & Chive Pasta Bake (1, 4, 9)
J Filled Baked Jacket Potato
Sides – Fresh Broccoli, Sweetcorn
Dessert – Jam Tart & Custard (1, 7, 8, 9)

Tuesday 24th May
M Homemade Chicken Pie (1, 9)
or V Roast Vegetable Wrap (1)
P Tomato Pasta Bake (1, 10)
J Filled Baked Jacket Potato
Sides – Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Carrots, Garden Peas
Dessert – Chocolate Pudding & Chocolate Sauce (1, 7, 9)

Wednesday 25th May
M British Roast Pork & Apple Sauce
or V Spring Vegetable Plait (1, 9)
P Chicken & Sweetcorn Pasta Bake (1, 9)
J Filled Baked Jacket Potato
Sides – Roast Potatoes, Fresh Cabbage & Cauliflower
Dessert – Apple Crumble & Custard (1, 7, 8, 9)

Thursday 26th May
M Chicken in a BBQ Sauce (14)
or V Stir Fry Vegetables in a Pitta Pocket (1, 4, 8, 9, 13)
P Macaroni Cheese (1, 9)
J Filled Baked Jacket Potato
Sides – Noodles (1, 7) Green Beans,  Chefs Salad
Dessert – Fruity Flapjack (1, 14)

Friday 27th May
M Beefburger in a Bun (1, 7, 8)
or V Cheese & Onion Pin Wheel (1, 9)
P Cherry Tomato & Mozzarella Pasta Bake (1, 9)
J Filled Baked Jacket Potato
Sides – Chips, Baked Beans, Homemade Coleslaw (7, 9, 11)
Dessert – Fruity Friday

Available Every Day
Self Help Salad Bar with Crunchy Raw Vegetables
Fresh Baked Bread (1) – Drinking Water – Jacket Toppings (4, 7, 9)


Monday 23rd May
Turkey Meatballs in a Rich Tomato & Basil Sauce & Tagliatelle
with Fresh Salad & Garlic Slice (1, 7)
or Broad Bean & Pea Risotto with Fresh Salad & Garlic Slice (1, 9)
Cherry Crumble & Custard (1, 7, 8, 9)

Tuesday 24th May
Chicken Dhansak & Basmati Rice with Onion Bhaji & Flat Bread (1, 9)
or Vegetable & Chick Pea Curry & Basmati Rice
with Onion Bhaji & Flat Bread (1, 9)
Key Lime Pie (1, 9)

Wednesday 25th May
Roast Kentish Lamb & Mint Sauce with
Baby Roast Potatoes, Cauliflower & Cabbage
or Cheesy Vegetable Stuffed Courgettes with a Crumble Top with
Baby Roast Potatoes, Cauliflower & Cabbage (1, 9, 10)
Dutch Apple Pie & Custard (1, 7, 8, 9, 14)

Thursday 26th May
Chilli Con Carne & Rice with Tortilla Chips,
Chunky Slaw & Mixed Leaf Salad (7, 9, 10, 11)
or Vegetable Lasagne with Chunks of Warm Bread, Salad & Slaw (1, 7, 9, 10, 11)
Sticky Toffee Pudding & Toffee Sauce (1, 7, 9)

Friday 27th May
Breaded Fish & Chips with Peas & Baked Beans or Side Salad (1, 4, 11)
or Roast Vegetable Pizza with Peas & Baked Beans or Side Salad (1, 8, 9)
Fresh Fruit Salad & Ice Cream (8, 9)

Available Daily
Fresh Chef’s Salad – Self Help Salad Bar

The Spaniard – The Italian – The Big Foot – The Oriental

Chicken Run: BBQ – Goujons – Jerk – Garlic and Herb – Tikka
PeriPeri – Cajun – Fajita – Chilli

The Deli – Fresh Cut Sandwiches – Rolls – Wraps – Pittas – Baguettes

See the black boards for Soups, Theme Days and Chef’s Specials


– Secondary School Chef Manager – 07.00 – 15.00
Dartford – Assistant Cook – 07.00 – 15.00
Orpington – 2nd Chef – 07.30 – 14.30
Orpington – Catering Assistant – 09.30 – 14.30
Swanscombe – Catering Assistant – 10.45 – 14.00
Tonbridge – Catering Assistant – 08.00 – 12.00
Tunbridge Wells – Baker – 08.00 – 14.30
Tunbridge Wells – Assistant Cook – 07.30 – 14.30
West Wickham – Catering Assistant – 08.30 – 14.30
West Wickham – Primary School Chef Manager – 07.30 – 14.30

All Areas – Skilled Chefs that love food and love School Holidays!

All positions are school term time working.

You can either apply online by clicking here or you can download our printable application form here (Adobe Acrobat PDF) and once completed, post or fax it to us at:

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.



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 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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, if you pay by credit card.
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.
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 and we will transfer any balance for you.
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.


  • I would just also like to say how impressed I am with the selection & quality of food available. It is reassuring as a parent to know that your child is eating a decent & freshly cooked meal at their school. Thank you.

    Natalie - Wilmington
  • Thank you for your help and I have found the SQuid payment scheme used through your catering company as an excellent system

    Mrs E Salter - Maidstone Grammar School Parent
  • I think SQuid is an excellent way of paying for school lunches and really user friendly for mum and daughter

    Donna - St. Olaves Parent




For a catering service with a truly fresh approach and to find out how our service could work for your school call us on 01732 746123, email us or use the contact form.

Independent Catering Management Limited
125a St. Johns Hill
Kent TN13 3PE

Telephone: 01732 746123
Facsimile: 01732 746120


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