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Notts scoops top national catering award

20 July 2012
School meals being served

The County Council has been recognised nationally for its outstanding contribution to schools’ catering across the county.

It picked up the Local Authority Catering Association’s (LACA) top prize last week as Catering Business of the Year 2012.

'Much deserved recognition'

The council’s personnel and performance committee chairman Andy Stewart said: “This is much-deserved recognition for our school meals service which has improved performance in so many areas in spite of a backdrop of increased financial pressures, having to reduce costs by £1m, a review of how we deliver services to schools, staff reductions and a freeze on pay and conditions.”

“My personal commitment to parents was that we didn’t increase the selling price of school meals – they are still just £2 a day. But at the same time, I was conscious of increasing food prices. This year I’m glad to see that all these and more targets have been achieved including an increase in the take-up of school meals across the county.”

Currently 272 of the county’s 285 primary and 30 of the 45 secondary schools use the Council’s school meals service with meal sales up nearly nine per cent in 2011/12 on the previous year.

Factors which helped shape the judges’ decision included originality, an imaginative approach and actively involving the staff in the successful development of the service and introduction of change.

“We operate in a market where many alternative providers are able to offer school meals, so our continuing relationship with schools, which are now academies, is also testament to our success,” added councillor Stewart.

“Within some of the most deprived wards of the county, the value of providing a good meal at lunchtime, particularly to those receiving free school meals, is high on our priority list. I have little doubt that the success in increasing meal take-ups is now having an impact on our fundamental improvements in educational attainment.”

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Find out more about our school meals service.

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