About Gateshead School Catering

Gateshead School Catering provides a series of bespoke, high quality and cost-effective solutions to your school’s catering needs.

We currently provide more than 11,000 nutritionally-balanced meals every day, served by our team of 350 staff across 79 establishments within the primary and secondary school sectors.

Our staff are fully trained in nutrition, food safety, catering and cookery skills and their aim is simple – to provide a high-quality meal service which is enjoyed by pupils and appreciated by parents.


Our food is always nutritious and delicious

Our food

We know how the right nutrients can positively affect a child’s health, behaviour and ability to concentrate. That’s why Gateshead School Catering insists that our nutritionally-balanced, high-quality hot meals are freshly prepared in school from the freshest, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients, at the right price every day of the week.

Our comprehensive menus are based on a range of popular and nutritious dishes developed by our own experienced in-house team to meet or exceed national nutritional standards. Menus are refreshed regularly to offer variety and to make full use of seasonal and local produce.

To maintain our high standards, we only use ingredients which have an assured provenance and which come purely from local and regional suppliers. This not only reduces food miles, it also gives our chefs the freshest quality ingredients to work with.

Take a closer look at where our ingredients come from

Our purchasing policy also supports smaller suppliers which helps to support the regional economy.

We demand high welfare standards. All of our eggs are free range and meet RSPCA Freedom Food standards, all fish is Marine Stewardship Approved (MSC), cocoa, sugar and bananas are guaranteed Fairtrade, and all meat and poultry meet the Red Tractor assured quality standard.

We do not accept foods which are known to contain GM (genetically modified) foods, MRM (mechanically recovered meat), modified proteins, and specified flavourings and colourings.







We only buy ingredients from suppliers we trust

Our menus

School Meals Primary Menu

Primary schools

For primary schools, we offer a range of options including a nutritionally-balanced simple choice menu, served either as a complete meal or one which allows pupils to select what they have to accompany their main course, baked potatoes with a selection of fillings, a range of fresh salads, wholemeal bread, fruit, cheese and crackers, assorted yoghurts and fruit drinks.

Our menus rotate on a three weekly cycle to ensure variety and choice. 

Download an example primary schools menu

Secondary School Meals

Secondary schools

Our Secondary school brand is called "The Hub", an ultra-modern catering concept designed by pupils themselves to recreate the look and feel of a top international food court.

The Hub offers everything a hungry teenager is looking for, including a comprehensive range of hot and cold meals, a wide variety of hot and cold drinks and snacks, all meeting the most stringent nutritional standards and all delivered at reassuringly competitive prices.

Download an example secondary schools menu


Our menus always include a vegetarian option and special diets for medical, ethnic or cultural reasons are also catered for.

Special menus

Chinese menu
Christmas menu
French menu

Professional advice when you need it most

Consultation Services

Gateshead School Catering also provides a professional consultancy service to schools in the primary, secondary and SEN sectors. 

We can provide detailed advice and support on a range of options that support pre-ordering and payment facilities.  

For those schools that run their own catering, we can offrer a range of additional expert services including employee training, audit and inspection, advice, nutritional analysis, marketing support, financial analysis and more. 

Our in-house development chef can be called in to provide advice on menu planning, recipe development, ingredients and product procurement. 

We’d be happy to discuss your specific catering needs.

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School Meals Consultation

The Hub

School Meals Consultation

The highest standards - every day


A new look for Sedgefield College

Sedgefield_01med 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

CharlieSticker03 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

TrayLiners01 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.


Food talk

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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

Characters Promote School Meals 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

Our reputation speaks for itself


What our customers say

“Staff go out of their way to meet the needs of our children”

“Always brilliant!”

“Staff go out of their way to meet the needs of our children”

“Outstanding quality of food. Fabulous care and attention to detail”

“Excellent meals, beautifully cooked and presented. Kitchen staff are wonderful, second to none.”



“Great tasty meals always served with a smile”

“Meals continue to be of a high standard – great service!”

“As always school catering is to a very high standard”

“Excellent team, always willing to go the extra mile”

Our awards

Gateshead Catering Service Awards

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Contact us

Gateshead Catering Services,
Facilities Management, Shearlegs Road, Gateshead NE8 3EN

Telephone: 0800 169 2780

Michael Lamb

Michael Lamb
Telephone: 0191 433 5513
Mobile: 07859 816 860

Susan Scott
Telephone: 0191 433 5516
Mobile: 07747 758 042

Susan Scott


Marek Blonski
Email: markekblonski@gatehsead.gov.uk
Telephone: 0191 433 5511
Mobile: 07747 758 019