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School Catering

School Catering

We know the importance school meals play in children’s lives, helping them to maintain their concentration and energy levels throughout the day. As an award-winning service, we support this aim by providing popular and healthy meals, made from quality ingredients. 

Our food is healthy, ethical and uses local ingredients, we're able to make the most of seasonal produce and create comforting, nutritionally balanced and tasty meals that are at least 75% freshly prepared when ingredients are at their best.

Our ingredients are taken from across Nottinghamshire and neighbouring counties to create our hugely popular school meals. These include:

  • meat from award winning Mike Maloney's butchers and bakers in Tuxford, where their produce comes from animals that are born and reared within Nottinghamshire farms which satisfy the UK animal welfare standards
  • wild venison from Sherwood Forest and the UK
  • seasonal vegetables distributed by our supplier and grown locally where possible such as organic potatoes from South Yorkshire, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, milk, and free-range eggs.
  • Food standards agency 14 allergen legislation - allergen advise on all menus and themed events as pictorial and text
  • our menus comply with the government School Food standards

Our meals have proven to be extremely popular among pupils of all ages, with over 70% recently saying they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the value for money, taste, quality and the variety of food on our menus.

What we offer

Nottinghamshire Schools Catering contract offers a two-course meal over a three-week menu cycle with a vegetarian option available. Secondary schools have an additional itemised menu.  We will work with the school to make sure that the pupils are provided with a healthy and nutritional meal, and we meet the Government Nutritional standards. Our staff are trained to carry out their duties and each school has a dedicated Account Manager.

Service Features:

  • A complete school meals package
  • Working in partnership with the school to increase meal take up
  • A great eating experience for the pupils
  • A dedicated Account Manager for your school
  • Experienced and knowledgeable management team delivering service improvements and guidance
  • Excellent reputation with a high school retention
  • Professional and trained staff
  • Nutritional and special diet advice from our Food Development team
  • Provide theme days and taster sessions
  • Packed lunches for school trips
  • Menus provided for all dietary and religious faiths
  • Management of staff, all recruitment of staff including enhanced DBS checks, induction, and mandatory training
  • All catering administration and financial accounting
  • Annual quality audit to check standards of compliance  
  • Provide a contingency emergency provision due to equipment failure and staff sickness which may include off site produced hot meals or a sandwich option
  • Kitchen refurbishment advice
  • Professional marketing brand
  • Nutritionally balanced menu accredited with the Silver Food for Life
  • Bespoke contracts for Academies and Schools who require an individual standalone contract

The Maintenance and Premise scheme is an available for schools in the Service to Schools contract. This scheme covers maintenance, servicing, repairs, and replacement of heavy equipment in your school kitchen. Purchasing the Maintenance and Premise scheme will provide you with an experienced team who will support you with catering issues relating to kitchen incidents, ensuring that Health and Safety and legal compliance is met and implemented. For schools receiving a pack out meal the scheme will include the cost for transporting the meals and returning light equipment back to the production kitchen.

We offer bespoke contracts for Academies and Schools who require an individual standalone contract. The standalone contract can be tailored to meet the needs of your school. If you require any further information for an individual contract, you can contact the following managers:

Hilary Stevens
Senior Account Manager
0115 804 0428
07931 961657

Louise Gilmour
Senior Account Manager
0115 8043307
07920 411731

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School Catering Contact

Shane Grayson
Business Services Manager
0115 977 4794 or 07958 338782

Free school meals

0115 804 1237

For more information on free school meals, see The East Midlands Education Support Service

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