Our Story

More than 50 years of service to independent schools and still living by the principles that have made us who we are today:

Great food – Cooked from scratch, tasty, nutritious and made from ingredients we are proud of.

Community – Our catering and housekeeping teams are part of both their school family and the Chartwells Independent family - supported with training, food events and friendly expert advisors.

Innovation – New ideas are born every week from Food Festivals to Food Super Heroes.

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  • 1969

    First School Partnership

    Our very first school partnership with Chigwell School began in 1969

  • 1982


    Chartwells Independent gained their first contract in Cambridge

    Providing breakfast, lunch and supper to day and boarding pupils at The Leys.

  • 1989

    Haileybury College

    We are proud to be appointed caterers at Haileybury College.

  • 1996

    North London Collegiate School

    Chartwells Independent partner with North London Collegiate School. Our first girls school in London.

  • 2003

    Employee Reward Scheme

    Our Be a Star employee reward scheme was launched.

  • 2008

    Beyond the Chartwells Kitchen

    Chartwells launched their first Beyond the Chartwells Kitchen programme.

  • 2017

    Our Whisk Silver and Gold Awards were launched

    Recognising talent we believe that everyone has the potential to grow and achieve their goals.

  • 2019

    Continue to partner with Chigwell School

    50 years on Chartwells Independent are proud to be the longest standing, specialist provider of quality catering, totally dedicated to the unique requirements of independent schools.