The Prospect Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust that currently operates 2 academies: The Sixth Form College Farnborough and Tomlinscote School in Frimley, but with plans to extend this to additional academies in the near future.
The Sixth Form College Farnborough is a highly successful college with approximately 4 000 students on the roll. Tomlinscote School is also a large and highly successful school with approximately 1 500 students.
The tender project is seeking to appoint a supplier where initiative and innovation will be welcomed for the provision of both the services within the existing facilities for the students on roll and the associated 450 teaching and support staff, with a focus on exciting new food concepts to satisfy a wide range of pupil tastes and dietary requirements. The Trust would want the successful supplier to review the current range of services offered and make recommendations accordingly.
The contract being tendered is for three years in duration from 1.8.2020 to 31.7.2023 and will operate as a guaranteed performance contract, with the successful supplier offering the Trust a guaranteed return/cost per annum for the provision of catering services. Sovereignty of the cash tariff is to remain with the Trust for the duration of this contract.
The academic year is based on a calendar of 195 days but because of the nature of the studies at both sites, i.e. early departure for Year 11 and Year 13 to undertake their exams, the full cohort of students would be in for only approximately 170 days.
The contract offered covers the scope for the provision of all catering services within the College and School, which currently includes breakfast, lunch, all hospitality and free issue requirements. Hospitality will be charged based on consumption and at net food cost.
Whilst the Trust prioritises value for money as a key objective of the competitive tender process, the Trust is not obliged to accept the lowest price.
The Trust expects the successful supplier to enable the continued development of catering through the provision of an innovative, healthy food service, with fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients being prepared onsite. The Trust expects the successful supplier to evidence, through their bid, how they shall support and complement its values.
The Trust believes that success should be celebrated and that students should enjoy their time in education; if lessons are stimulating and challenging then students will love learning. Much time therefore, is spent reviewing and planning schemes of work to ensure that they are differentiated to meet the needs of all students. As a result, the Trust is very enthusiastic to understand what ‘added value’ the supplier can bring to the students’ curriculum.
Further information is provided in the SQ Document.