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 25 years ago.
For 25 years Independent Catering has been at the forefront of providing fresh and fabulous food to schools.
In 1996 Andrew Saunders founded the company with a vision of creating a service based on great food using locally sourced ingredients and suppliers. The company still led by Andrew, with a team of passionate skilled chefs, now provides a service to over 70 schools in Kent, Surrey and Sussex cooking tens of thousands of meals a day!
We are proud of our environmental and sustainable approach to our menus and food standards which underpins our commitment to fresh, seasonal and locally grown produce. Our commitment to using the best food that Kent, Sussex and the UK can offer lies at the heart of our approach and always has done!
Our core values ensure pupils and school staff receive healthy and innovative menus, served with a smile by our wonderful dedicated team of catering staff.
Our approach is simple! Great food prepared on site delivering 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.
INGREDIENTS CONTAINING GLUTEN (INDICATED BY THE NUMBER 1 ON THE MENU) WILL CONTAIN WHEAT, OATS, BARLEY, SPELT, RYE OR KAMUT, OR A COMBINATION THEREOF. IF YOU HAVE ANY ALLERGEN CONCERNS PLEASE SPEAK TO THE CATERING MANAGER
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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 email@example.com 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Archbishop Tenison’s School
Balfour Junior School
Barton Court Grammar School
Beths Grammar School
Borden Grammar School
Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
Burntoak Primary School
Charles Darwin School
Charles Dickens School
Chislehurst School for Girls
Coombe Boys School
Coombe Girls School
Darrick Wood School
Dartford Grammar School
Dartford Science and Technical College
Dover Christchurch Academy
Dover Grammar School for Girls
Folkestone School for Girls (The)
Fort Pit Grammar School
Godinton Primary School
Green Lane Primary School
Hextable Primary School
Hillview School for Girls
Holy Trinity Primary School
Judd School (The)
Knole Academy (The)
Langton Green Primary School
Manor Community Primary School
Oakwood Park Grammar (Maidstone)
Oakwood School (Horley)
Otford Primary School
Phoenix Junior School
Priory School (The) Dorking
Robert Napier School
Robertsbridge Community College
Roseacre Junior School
Sir Roger Manwood’s School
Skinners’ School (The)
Southborough Primary School
St Augustine Academy
St John’s C.E Primary School
St Matthew’s High Brooms C of E Primary School
Swingate Primary School
Thomas Aveling School (The)
Towers School (The)
Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School
Warren Road Primary School
We are seeking skilled Primary School & Secondary School Chefs/Cooks to produce fabulous food in schools.
If you live in Kent, have City & Guilds 706 1 & 2 or NVQ equivalent or suitable experience and love school holidays… please apply.
Also School Catering Assistants Required for September – Working School Hours with School Holidays off! Please apply
Ashford – Primary Catering Assistant 10.00-14.00
Belvedere – Primary Catering Assistant 07.30-14.30 & 10.00-14.30
Chatham – Catering Assistant 09.00 to 14.30 & 07.30 to 14.30pm
Dartford – School Chef / Cook 07.00-15.00 £10 p/h
Hextable – Catering Assistant 11.15 to 14.30
Maidstone – Catering Assistant 10.00 to 14.30
New Malden – Assistant Cook 07.00 to 14.30
New Malden – Catering Assistant 9.30 to 14.30
Orpington – Catering Assistant 09.30 to 14.30
Otford – Catering Assistant 08.00 to 14.30
Robertsbridge – Catering Assistant 09.00-15.00
Tonbridge – School Baker 07.00-15.00 £15k
Tonbridge – Catering Assistant 09.30-14.30
Tunbridge Wells – Catering Assistant 09.30-14.30
Sandwich – Catering Assistant 09.30 -14.30
South Croydon – Catering Assistant 09.30-14.30
West Wickham – Chef / Cook Manager 07.00-15.00 £15-18k
West Wickham – Catering Assistant 09.30-14.30
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.