Global foodservice and facilities management company Sodexo has received a three-year contract from UK-based Great Western Academy (GWA) to offer catering and cleaning services.

As part of the contract, Sodexo will launch a new modern school food and dining environment offer called Food & Co.

The company developed its Food & Co concept through research conducted with pupils in key stages 2, 3 and 4 to understand their food preferences and behaviours while dining.

The company will offer a range of cosmopolitan foods on its catering menu during breakfast, morning break and lunch.

“Our core values are strongly aligned and this provides us with a really strong foundation from which to build a partnership.”

Sodexo and GWA will implement their Agents for Change programme, guiding students to work closely with the catering team to drive service development.

GWA is a new secondary school, which is scheduled to open in September in North Swindon, England.

The school is for pupils aged 11 to 18 and is planning to admit a maximum of 1,200 pupils in the coming years.

Sodexo UK and Ireland contract manager Vanessa Mole said: “We are delighted to be working with Great Western Academy and excited to be introducing our new food offer, Food & Co. by Sodexo, to the school.

“Our core values are strongly aligned and this provides us with a really strong foundation from which to build a partnership.”

Sodexo will also self-deliver all the services included in the contract through an onsite catering and cleaning team with the help of its supply chain partners.

Sodexo will serve meals to more than 4,000 schools in the Swindon area every day by September.