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Secondary School Catering Service - Hertfordshire Catering LimitedCatering for the Future

HCL is forward-looking and we do everything we can to minimise the impact our business has on the environment. We are strongly committed to reducing our carbon footprint and strive to encourage staff and students to play their part in minimising waste and saving energy.

Our policy of buying fresh, locally-produced ingredients reduces fuel consumption and transport costs. Staying local also means that we are contributing to the future success of our regional farmers and growers.

The provenance and origin of the foods we buy is a key factor in the way we operate. We buy direct from growers and producers. Out fruit and vegetables are locally grown, Red Tractor accredited produce. We source our meat from local butchers, using British-reared stock. Sausages come from pigs reared in Suffolk. Our fish is caught in sustainable waters certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Through our active membership of LACA (Local Authority Catering Association) we have links to key organisations such as DEFRA, the Soil Association, Healthy Schools and the Children’s Food trust.

You can find out more about our Secondary School Services here: Really Good Food Guide for Secondary Schools

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Nutritional Information
Food for Life
Special Dietary Requirements

A Consuming Passion

As a fresh food organisation, we only use high quality ingredients with assured provenance. We have complete control over every meal – so we comfortably meet guidelines for minimising the use of salt, sugar and saturated fats.

We encourage our inspiring chefs to use steamers and combination ovens to ensure foods retain vitamins and goodness. This approach has the added benefit of reducing energy consumption and a more positive impact on the environment.

We believe all students should enjoy good, fresh food, including those individuals with particular dietary requirements. HCL has a nut-free policy and staff are trained in the provision of special diets. It is always our aim to go above and beyond government guidelines on nutritional standards.

Read the latest School Food Standards information

Food For Life BronzeGetting the Mix Right

The Food for Life Catering Mark is a Soil Association accreditation scheme that recognises caterers who demonstrate greater use of fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients in the production of their menus.

We are delighted to have been awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Bronze Catering Mark!


We are committed to providing a nutritious and safe meal for your child, but to deliver this we need your help!

We already cater for children with a number of medical dietary needs across the county, but in order to provide for new children with medical allergies and intolerances, we need to undertake two important procedures before feeding your child.

Firstly you will need to get documentation from a medical professional outlining the extent of the allergy or intolerance, and the possible consequences of your child consuming food which may cause an adverse reaction.

Once you have this information, please ask the school to arrange a meeting between yourself, our Area Manager and a school representative, where you will be able to discuss menus and provisions, in order that we can feed your child which will be in partnership with the school.

We take the healthcare of ALL our school lunch customers very seriously and hope that you will understand the need to take these measures prior to feeding any new children with school lunches.

We will endeavour to follow all appropriate processes, but please note that no guarantees can be given.

List of Allergens:

  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Crustaceans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Celery
  • Mustard
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Lupin
  • Molluscs
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