Pupils are tucking into a healthier, wider variety of food since Beaufort Co-operative Academy in Gloucester has taken delivery of a PKL Food Cube.
As part of a wider school improvement plan, Beaufort Co-operative Academy – previously Beaufort Community School – has introduced the stand-alone food unit to offer a range of nutritious hot and cold food and drinks to its 1,200 11-18 year old students to ensure they are ready to learn.
Principal, David Bishop, says: “We officially opened our doors as an academy on 1st October but the Food Cube has proved to be hugely popular with our students since it was first installed at the start of term. It’s important that we help our pupils to eat well and we’ve seen first-hand the knock-on effect this has in supporting their learning, wider wellbeing and the impact on the Academy community as a whole.”
“The Food Cube is open during break time in the morning and at lunch time in the afternoon. Some of our students come to school without having a proper breakfast so it’s essential that we help fuel them for the day ahead. The addition of this external food facility means we can provide a number of dishes from rolls, wraps, and salads to pasta, noodles and curry, catering for all of our students’ tastes.”
“The unit has significantly helped to relieve pressure on what was a very busy dining area, it has supported our decision that pupils stay at school during their lunch break rather than going to the local fast food outlet.”
Mr Bishop adds: “PKL staff were outstanding from the beginning – from designing the layout and functionality right through to delivery it couldn’t have been simpler and we still get to maintain responsibility over what is supplied by our own catering staff. We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved so far, including our new name, uniform and logo, and this is a positive step on the road to a better, brighter, learning experience here at Beaufort Co-operative Academy.”
Additional catering facilities to help with a stay on site initiative