All children are different and all schools have individual catering requirements. Nottingham City Council has a dedicated team that work with schools to provide individual menus and activities.
We have developed different offers for secondary schools and primary schools that reflect the different nutritional, social and educational needs of at different ages.
All pupils in Key Stage 1 are entitled to free school meals every day.
Pupils in Key Stage 2 and secondary school may also be entitled to free school meals. There is an eligibility criterion and they must be registered.
Please visit the main Nottingham City Council website for further information and application forms.
As part of a Local Authority, Nottingham City Council’s Catering Services work to support the council’s agenda of protecting and supporting children within our city. We believe that lunch time is an important part of every school day, supporting attainment and development.
We are passionate about working with schools to help them achieve their goals and we provide all of our customers with a full account management service.
Our promise to parents, carers, pupils and schools sets out the high standards that you can expect from us as a supplier.
In addition to meeting all legal and nutritional requirements within our schools and academies catering, we work hard to maintain and develop a range of accreditations. This means that constant high standards are met every day and our performance is monitored by internal and external audits.
All of our kitchens have a Food Hygiene Rating of 4 or 5. If a site has a rating of 4, where possible we work with staff to increase this to 5. There are times when due to structural limitations this is not possible. The standard of cleanliness and hygiene is not affected by this and the same high standards are received by every school.
From March 2016, all of our primary schools were awarded the Silver Food For Life Award by the Soil Association. The Food for Life Partnership is a network of thousands of schools and communities across England committed to transforming their food culture. It recognised suppliers that provide fresh, well-sourced and nutritious meals whilst improving the overall lunchtime experience.
We are currently working to obtain the Silver Food For Life Award and expect to have Gold across all of our primary schools within the next 12 months.
Our service is ISO 14001 certified.
In addition to the high standards that all of our catering teams work to, staff members receive individual training to allow them to provide the best service and continual improvement to our schools and pupils. We are also dedicated to supporting the career development of individuals and provide ongoing training throughout their employment with us to ensure that they understand all the areas of our catering service; customer service, marketing, financial procedures, waste management, team leading, business support and technical training.
Our catering teams are trained to a range of Industry standard qualifications.
Where we buy our food from is very important to us. We only buy top quality, ethically sourced produce and use local producers wherever possible.
The maps below shows where our food comes from.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Our professional chefs create delicious and healthy menus, full of food that kids want to eat.
Our experienced catering teams work with schools to adapt these menus to meet their individual requirements.
This means that each school has a unique menu, just for them.
This approach increases the uptake of school meals, reduces waste and provides pupils with a wider selection of what they want every day.
Our sample menu below provides an example of the delicious selection of dishes available in our schools. To get a copy of the exact menu for your child’s school, please contact your school directly.
Nottingham City Council has transformed the way that academic catering is managed and delivered. As part of a new commercialism agenda, the service offering has been taken on a journey that puts the pupils and schools at the heart of what we do.
This means constantly pushing to raise awareness of school meals and the benefits and nutritional standards that go with them, increasing uptake across Nottingham City and making school meals exciting again by understanding students and providing them with what they want.
Nottingham City Council work very closely with pupils, teachers and parents to ensure that the best quality of food and services is provided in schools each day. The operations and communications team have been engaging primary and secondary schools in new concepts of dining, developing new branding and upgrading kitchen facilities and equipment across the city.
Since September 2014, Nottingham City Council’s catering teams have made a significant impact on improving the standard of catering delivered; each primary school has received a Bronze Catering Award from the Food for Life Partnership (with one school receiving Gold), all facilities have a food hygiene rating of 4 or 5 and the average uptake of school meals in primary schools has almost doubled to over 83% every day.
21 January ‘Happy New Year’ theme day across all schools, in conjunction with the national school census.
Aviko pupil potato competition: a survey completion to help learning and fun in schools that is run entirely by Catering Supervisors, full details in the marketing guide.
You can check out our gallery to see all of our latest pictures.
Our Cookery Club is a new venture with local schools that helps families to learn to cook together. It teaches how to make good choices, how to cook healthy food affordably and most of all., how to enjoy cooking together.
Our Catering Teams hold weekly sessions with parents, carers and pupils to rustle up some delicious treats that the families can then take home.
At present we are working with Djanogly Strelley Academy to run a weekly cookery club, flick through the gallery to see some of our photos. If you would like to talk to us about setting up a Cookery Club in your school, get in touch using the contact form.
As part of the Universal Free School Meals scheme, Nottingham City Council provides Free School Meals to Key Stage pupils every day. The scheme aims to provide all pupils in KS1 with the same benefits. Since the introduction of Free School Meals in September 2014, the quality of the menus we provide has continued to increase, uptake has risen by over 40% and many schools have received new facilities and kitchen upgrades.
We are committed to continual improvement, making lunchtimes fun and working with schools to provide more than a meal on a plate. We believe that lunchtime is a social experience, an educational tool and a way to get pupils excited about food and trying new things.
Our Veggie Crew work hard in schools and across the city to promote the benefits of school meals and the fun that pupils can have together at school during lunchtime.
Our new Key Stage 2 Crew has been created to appeal more to the older pupils within primary school. We believe it is important to ensure that all of our pupils have something every day that they want and love to eat. As these pupils move into secondary school, they will experience a different lunchtime menu and structure so getting them to try new things and remain excited about learning about food is essential during KS2. Peer time at lunch is very important; we work with our schools to develop our catering offer to suit that school and each school receives a bespoke menu to fit the preferences of their pupils.