Principals is one of the UK’s longest established school caterers, providing sustenance to children and young people for over 30 years. 

We know that we are in the privileged position of influencing children’s ongoing relationship with food and are committed to help develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

To get pupils talking about and understanding the importance of good food and good food choices we run events that let them see, smell, taste, feel and learn about different foods.

We invite suppliers, nutritionists and experts to talk at assemblies, run after-school and weekend cookery classes, set up tasting tables for pupils and parents, celebrate global culture with theme days and pop-ups, and sponsor school vegetable gardens. Our 360-degree approach links growing, menu composition, cooking and lifestyle tips to take home.

Principals is part of CH&CO, an independent hospitality caterer with expertise in education, workplace dining, venues, healthcare and destinations. 


  • Question about allergies?

    We are nut free at Principals but it is difficult to offer any fundamental guarantees of complete quarantine; school kitchens were not designed with allergies in mind. We’ll discuss your child’s allergy with you on a one-to-one basis and take appropriate measure in our kitchen. Please contact us here.

  • How do I know that my child will choose a balanced meal?

    All menus are nutritionally balanced. We only cook fresh food and have clever methods of enhancing the menus to ensure all children eat well. Our bolognese sauce is jam packed with vegetables and our pizza bases are made from wholemeal flour.

  • How are theme days chosen?

    We have a marketing calendar packed with themes, events, fun weeks and our Future Foodies initiative. We work on a school by school basis to deliver a tailored approach on how best to engage with pupils.

  • What if the children don’t like the main meals of the day?

    In addition to the two main meals available every day, we offer jacket potatoes and salads both with a choice of nutritious fillings. We ensure that no child goes hungry.

  • How do we know the food coming into the kitchen is of a good quality?

    As a relatively small company, we are able to try new products easily and work with local and national suppliers to source wholesome fresh ingredients.

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