A new look for Sedgefield College
27 September 2017
Gateshead School Catering has won the contract to provide school meals to approximately 1,000 pupils and teachers at Sedgefield College in County Durham.
The Gateshead Council run service beat off competition from several other local and national catering providers to secure a three year contract to provide a complete break time and lunchtime food service to pupils and staff.
Pupils returning after the summer holidays will have seen an immediate difference after Gateshead School Catering spent most of the summer creating a whole new look for the schools various outlets, and completely redecorating the serving areas.
The service’s new ‘Pitstop’ brand promises a wide range of hot food, including daily two-course specials, pastaand curry pot meals, as well as sandwiches, wraps, jacket potatoes and salads, all at affordable prices and in a bright and informal food court setting.
Kids get stuck into school meals
10 May 20
Kids have been going crazy over a series of brightly coloured stickers featuring crazy food-based characters created by Gateshead Council.
The stickers, which have been handed out by catering staff to reward healthy choices, have been going down a storm - and children have been clearing their plates in double-quick time in a bid to collect 35 all different characters!
Head of School Catering Michael Lamb says: “We came up with the idea for stickers as a way to introduce a bit of fun at mealtimes, but also to encourage good behaviour.
“Dinner time can sometimes be a little daunting to younger children and I know our staff work really hard to make school dinners fun and enjoyable. These stickers give them something they can use to reward and encourage good behaviour.”
Tray liners mean lunchtime fun
10 May 2017
Gateshead School Catering is developing a range of colourful tray liners to introduce a little fun into lunchtimes.
The printed A4 sheets can be either placed directly onto dinner trays or handed out to children en route to their table and contain puzzles, games, facts, word searches and jokes on particular current themes.
Halloween and Christmas tray liners have already been trialled in some schools and a British Pie Week tray liner was also introduced. Work is continuing on new themes which reflect the seasons, major sporting events or other important events in the national calendar.
We’d be very interested in hearing from schools about which themes they think might help to support their own curricula so future tray liners could have some additional value.
10 May 2017
Gateshead School Catering will be holding another of its ‘Let’s Talk About Food…’ events at Gateshead’s Civic Centre on 28 June.
The event will offer head teachers, business managers and other school-based staff a sneak preview of our brand new menu for 2017/18, plus enjoy the opportunity to discuss issues around school meals with our team of professionals.
As well as tasting some of the dishes which we will be serving to children during the next academic year, school-based staff will also be able to hear about our plans for the future and exchange ideas.
If you haven’t already received an invitation, please contact Susan Scott at Gateshead School Catering on 5516 now.
Download the Let's talk about School Food invite
New food safety policy statement
10 May 2017
Gateshead School Catering has issued a new Food Safety Policy Statement outlining its commitment to providing customers with the highest standards of food safety.
The statement outlines the comprehensive risk-based quality food safety management system which is employed to ensure that everyone involved in preparing and delivering school meals takes every reasonable precaution and exercises due diligence in regards to food safety.
It sets down clear standards for food quality and traceability, personal hygiene, safe operating procedures and food monitoring. The statement will be going up in school kitchens and school dining rooms this term.
Download our food safety policy statement