JJs Catering – Thrapston Primary School
Introduction – Who are JJs?
JJs is a family run business that has been providing lunches at Thrapston Primary School for many years. Originally set up by Jenny Gaunt, over 30 years ago, now currently being managed by her niece, myself, Gail Owen. Between us we have over 40 years’ experience in the School Catering Industry. We hold the “Eat Out Well” Silver Award and have had a 5 Star hygiene rating since introduction.
I want children to be able to enjoy a nutritious, wholesome tasty school lunch every day. A well-fed child, enjoying their food, is a happy child which makes them more eager to learn. I’m passionate about contributing towards raising a healthier generation of children and work hard to meet the rigorous requirements of the School Food Plan.
With less than 1% of lunch boxes meeting statutory nutrient guidelines to which school caterers have to adhere to, eating school meals is the better choice for the future wellbeing of the children.
What we provide
JJs provide freshly cooked, locally sourced school lunches developed in line with the School Meals Legislation that are nutritionally analysed, this means that our menus contain less fat, sugar and salt, therefore making them more nutritious and balanced. Past menus and historic data collated gives us a firm base to provide a fresh menu to ensure we adhere to The School Food Plan whilst ensuring the children are also enjoying their meals. We understand that parents know their child’s needs and preference’s best and therefore give you the ability to select their lunches from our 3 daily options. A main hot option, a vegetarian option and our picnic lunch. Homemade desserts, biscuits, fresh fruit, cheese & biscuits/breadsticks, raisins and fruit pots are available each day and the children can choose their own when they are in the kitchen. We also have water, orange, blackcurrant and apple squash available at lunchtimes.
We find many children starting in reception will try many new foods when their peers are around them. They see what their friends are eating and want to try some. We will often provide the children with a little of something should they wish to try it even if it isn’t their pre-ordered choice. Meal choices can be changed as often as required aslong as we have a week’s notice.
Menus work on a 3 weekly repeat system each term. Previous knowledge of a pre-order repeat system has proven that offering this works well for the children and also for parents that are leading busy life styles. We can cater for children with specific dietary requirements so please do contact us with any issues you may have. We have 3 menus each school year – Term 1&2 is our Autumn Menu, Term 3&4 is our Winter Menu and then we have another change for Summer Term’s 5&6.
Pre-order forms will be made available to the parents via the school website (see below) as well as on JJs Facebook page. All you need to do is make your child’s main choices for each day on the order form and return back to me on the email below. Sides, veg, desserts and drinks can be selected by the children when they are in the kitchen being served.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via any of the below: