Independents by Sodexo has secured a five-year catering services contract worth £4m, with The King’s School in Chester, England.

The foodservice firm will manage services starting 4 April this year. The school selected Independents by Sodexo following a competitive tender process.

King’s School currently provides education to more than 1,100 students aged four to 18 years.

As part of the contract, the catering firm will serve a range of menu items featuring nutritious and seasonal varieties.

Independents by Sodexo managing director Jeremy Alderton said: “We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with The King’s School. We know that young people want variety in their food but are also conscious about sustainability and provenance.

“Our highly skilled chefs will be creating a selection of dishes using sustainably sourced ingredients that will not only interest and excite the pupils, but will also power performance to help them get the most out of school.”

“Independents by Sodexo have an impressive track record of taking an innovative approach to providing healthy school meals.”

The foodservice firm will make an investment in the school for ongoing development of its services, as well as offer opportunities for the onsite team to enhance their culinary skills through the chef scholarship programme.

King’s School Chester bursar Hayley Jordan said: “We were really impressed with the way the Independents by Sodexo team engaged with us throughout the tender process.

“They took the time to understand the ethos of the school and what we are looking for from our catering service.

“Independents by Sodexo have an impressive track record of taking an innovative approach to providing healthy school meals, and we are looking forward to working with the team to develop menus that will nourish and satisfy pupils and staff alike.”

Earlier this week, Sodexo announced its partnership with vegan restaurant chain Veggie Grill to offer a plant-based menu at university campuses as part of its commitment to provide access to plant-based meals to its customers.