Domestic provision


Domestic provision


We have a very dedicated catering and domestic team here at skilts and are very proud of what we do for the boys.  Where we can, we like to offer opportunities for the boys to get involved and will always help if they need some time out.  We believe in our boys and do all we can to help them succeed.

Meet the team

Maggie – Cook

Our longest serving member of the team, Maggie has worked at skilts since 1997.  She is our breakfast and tea cook in otter/seal block.  Maggie also prepares all food for offsite trips .

Sue P – Cook

Sue has been at Skilts since 2001.  Sue plans, prepares and cooks our lunch time meals in owl/woodpecker block.  She also works with the boys from time to time by offering them the opportunity to work in the school kitchen and dining rooms to help out. This really helps build their confidence.

Maxine – General Assistant

Maxine assists Sue in owl/woodpecker and carries out domestic duties around the site. She has worked at Skilts since 2006 and enjoys catering for fundraising events such as children in need!

Shelley – General Assistant

Shelley runs our school laundry ensuring bedding, p.e kits and swim kits are freshly laundered.  She also ensures there is always clean spare uniform should any of our boys need a change of clothes.  Shelley orders all of our sweatshirts and school coats.  See our uniform page for details. She has worked here since 1999.


Cindy has been at Skilts since 2001.  She began life here as a domestic assistant  but under the expert guidance of Sue P in Owl/Woodpecker block has found a new lease of life in the kitchen.  She has even embarked on her NVQ level 2 in food preparation and cooking!

Sue T – General Assistant

Sue has been at Skilts since 2007.  She carries out domestic duties in lower school .She enjoys being the schools seamstress mending jumpers, embarrassing trouser rips, coats and even the odd teddy bear! Sue helps with serving breakfast to all of our boys and loves to dress up for any occasion!

Linda – General Assistant

Linda has worked at Skilts since 2007.  She carries out domestic duties in the main house and helps serve breakfast.  She also loves to jump into a costume whilst going about her duties.

Tracy – General Assistant

Tracy carrries out domestic duties in the main house,  school gym and residential house.  She looks after our domestic stock cupboard and is known as ourrrr trace! She also helps with breakfast.

Eve – General Assistant 

Eve is our newest member of the team starting in November 2015.  Eve carries out domestic duties in the main house and helps serve breakfast.  She has fitted in very well bringing lots of experience with her.

The food at Skilts

Every boy is catered for individually if necessary taking into account all medical and religious dietary requirements.


We believe in and support the government initiative in making sure all children eat a healthy breakfast.  We pride ourselves on our breakfast provision.  Our residential children have a range of choices each day, this can consist of,

Toast, Cereals, Porridge, Croissants, Fruit, Yoghurt, Bacon, Sausage, Eggs, Mushrooms, Tomatoes

We offer breakfast to our non-resident children each day.  This is mainly cereals and milk however one day each week we will offer something different.  This could be a croissant, crumpet, breakfast wrap, mini bacon roll, etc

Throughout the day

Each boy has a branded water bottle with their name on delivered each morning with fresh filtered water.  This can be topped at any time.  Each class has a fruit allocation each day.  We are also part of the cool milk scheme to ensure each boy has a 189ml portion of milk each day.  Cool milk provides us with various materials that encourage children to drink milk.


Our lunchtime menus are planned and nutritionally balanced by myself assisted by Maggie and Sue.  Each menu adheres to the national government guidelines.  We spend a lot of time sourcing the best, fresh local produce and keeping our menus relevant and tasty. Please take a look at our menus located under the about us section on the home page.


Our teas are planned and prepared by Maggie.  She  provides a range of tasty choices each evening taking into account the boy’s requests.  We work alongside their evening activities tailoring the food accordingly.  This may be preparing a packed tea to take offsite, a light quick tea or BBQ’s in the summer.   From time to time the boys get the chance to make their own tea.   Please take a look at our menus located under the about us section on the home page and click here to read our Food Policy

Domestic provision

We are proud of the maintained cleanliness of our school.  We work hard to use the right products and cleaning methods to ensure sufficient sanitation of the school.  Toilets are checked and cleaned regularly throughout the day.  The boy’s bedrooms and bathrooms are kept clean and tidy in order to provide a clean environment to sleep and wash in.


Headed up by Shelley we provide named p.e and swim kits for each boy which are laundered after each use.  We also provide a spares uniform service.  Should one of our boys need to change their uniform for whatever reason we will (if time in the school day allows) provide a temporary uniform and wash, dry and iron their own.  All bedding is laundered at the end of each week or each morning if needed.  Our seamstress, Sue, will as and when required carry out any repairs to uniform.  All what we do in the laundry is an effort to ensure each boy  go through the school day clean and comfortable.