A Coventry academy has appointed a culinary expert as it looks to transform school dinners by dishing up a top-quality menu to its pupils.

The Romero Catholic Academy, made up of seven primary schools and one secondary school based across the city, has welcomed Tom O’Reilly as catering manager.

Tom has more than 30 years’ experience within the culinary and hospitality industry and will support the Academy as it takes its currently outsourced catering in-house from September.

Commenting, Patrick Taggart, Academy Business Director at the Romero Catholic Academy, said: “Tom has a vast amount of experience in the catering industry and we are very pleased to welcome him to the Academy.

“We are extremely excited to bring our catering in-house, enabling us to provide pupils with a menu that features a wide variety of dishes made with the freshest local ingredients.

“We also hope that our new menu will prove attractive to our 500 staff and encourage them to enjoy a healthy meal away from their desks at lunchtime, which will support their wellbeing.”