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


Gateshead School Catering is the best UK performer – again!

APSE Award December 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. 

Inspectors impressed by Customer Service Excellence

School cook December 2017

Gateshead School Catering recently had its annual assessment for Customer Service Excellence – and received some excellent feedback from the inspectors.

After a thorough assessment of the service, the assessor said they were particularly impressed with training and development policies for staff and remarked on how polite and friendly staff are to customers.

Gateshead School Catering has’…a deep understanding’ of its customer service needs.

The assessors final report has now been received and not only has the service retained its accreditation, it has been awarded with a compliance plus for the second year running.  

New ordering system in the classroom

Biostore System December 2017

Our new electronic ordering system is now up and running in a handful of schools, and we are currently rolling it out to more schools ready for the New Year.

The system will benefit both the catering team and the school. Not only does it provide timely and accurate reports for your school kitchen, enabling it to match servings with demand, it also doubles as a pupil registration system.

We would like to hear your feedback when it arrives in your school.

Consulting on free school meals

November 2017

The Government is currently consulting on eligibility for free school meals and the early years pupil premium under Universal Credit – and you can take part.

This consultation invites views on the government’s changing eligibility criteria for free school meals and the early years pupil premium in light of the introduction of Universal Credit.

In particular, the government is consulting on its measures to protect those families who would otherwise lose entitlement to free school meals as a result of the criteria change.

The government says it intends that these entitlements reach the most disadvantaged households in a way that is consistent, fair and simple and it has measures to protect those families who would otherwise lose entitlement to free school meals as a result of this criteria change.

The consultation ends on 11 January 2018 and you can take part by visiting https://consult.education.gov.uk/healthy-pupil-unit/fsm/consultation/intro/  

Food for Life accreditation renewed

FoodForLife 27 September 2017

Gateshead School Catering has successfully retained its Soil Association ‘Food for Life Served Here’ accreditation.

The independent award scheme that means you can guarantee that the majority of food on the menu is freshly prepared, free from undesirable trans fats, sweeteners and additives, and is cooked by trained chefs, and use ingredients from sustainable and ethical sources. 

The accreditation demonstrates the service’s commitment to serving healthy, home cooked meals made from local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients which not only ensures that pupils are getting the best possible fuel for the day, but also makes a real difference to local enterprises. 

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