Forge Wood Primary School is proud to use Chartwells to produce healthy, nutritious and tasty school meals.
As part of Chartwells responsibility to the school, they are passionate that every pupil has the same opportunity to eat school food regardless of their medical requirements, therefore special diets are an extremely important part of our catering provision. They define a special diet as a requirement different to the choices offered on the main menu due to a food allergy or intolerance. Lifestyle choices such as vegetarianism and religious diets are not defined as a special diet as Chartwells are confident their main menu offers a variety of different foods to cater for these needs.
Chartwells have a dedicated special diet team which supports all special diet queries and requests whether it be alleviating parent concerns or creating special diet menus for single or multiple allergens, a special diet nutritionist will be available all year round to support the catering teams and special diet pupils eat safely at school. For further information on Chartwells guidelines for special diet procedures and allergies, please refer to the documents at the bottom of this page.
All Special Diet Request forms (which include allergies) must be returned to the school office. These will then be forwarded to Chartwells for processing. Chartwells have a 3-week turnaround for all new special diet requests.
Chartwells Nut Safety Statement
"Chartwells will never use nuts or any product containing nuts as an ingredient within our food offer. Chartwells may carefully use products with a ‘may contain’ declaration for nuts as long as no nuts are present in the ingredient list, we will treat such items as ‘contains’ to reduce the risk to our nut allergy pupils. All pupils suffering from a nut allergy should request a ‘nut free’ special diet menu which will remove these products from the menu. Chartwells do not endorse a complete ‘nut free’ environment as we believe we have a duty of care to educate our pupils and staff on how to handle and manage their food allergy safely in the school environment in order for them to develop a better awareness to it. This advice is consistent with external governing bodies and charities who state that a complete ‘nut free’ environment is artificial and not consistent with the real world which can provide pupils with a false sense of security. For further information please contact the Chartwells special diets team."