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School Catering Award

Presented to an educational establishment in the UK that can demonstrate a commitment to healthy eating and value for money through the provision of a first class catering service available to all students.

2019 Winner
The Holmewood School, London

The Occupational Therapy Café started life as a way to help a student who was at risk of exclusion due to poor behaviour. Staff nurtured the student’s interest in cooking and developed a programme that swiftly improved his conduct. Expanding the project for other pupils, a team of five students, including a baker, senior chef and several trainees, supported by occupational therapists, was created. In 2017-18 the team successfully catered for three major events. Café members have not only improved their motor skills through cooking but also boosted their confidence navigating social situations


Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, Cheshire
Cardinal Newman Catholic High School’s excellent catering service links engaging assemblies on nutritional and environmental issues directly to the menu choices available to students. Working closely with the school council, new additions to the menu are taste-tested by the student body. The catering team generated £20,000 in income last financial year, and has worked with the Eco-Warriors student group to improve recycling facilities for canteen waste in partnership. The student council selected the containers used for takeaway food, which are now made from a highly recyclable cardboard.

Dinnington High School, Sheffield
Dinnington High School has created an excellent menu with a wide variety of options that cater to all tastes, cultural needs and dietary requirements. The menu has a strong focus on well-sourced ingredients which includes at least five per cent organic produce and Red Tractor Farm Assured meat. The school has also committed to improving food education sessions for pupils, staff and the wider school community. In achieving the Soil Association’s Silver Award, the catering manager worked closely with nutritionists. A celebration day was held to thank students for their feedback in developing the school menu.

Peel Brow School, Lancashire
The catering team at Peel Brow School have been praised for contributing in a proactive way to improve school food and ensure children are eating healthily. Parent Lunches provides an opportunity for parents to sample the meals themselves. Resources include practical tips for making healthier lunches. Raised planting beds were created to enable the school to grow their own vegetables as part of the ‘Farm to Fork’ initiative, which follows on from efforts to make school meals healthier and teach pupils about the importance of food miles. Since the changes, the number eating school meals has risen steadily.

2018 Winner
Charlton Manor Primary School, London

2018 School Catering Award Winner: Charlton Manor Primary

Charlton Manor focuses on educating pupils about healthy eating and provides them with many opportunities to try different foods. The varied palette of flavours ensures they receive the necessary nutrition for their developing bodies. The chef together with his team continually finds ways of reducing sugar and cutting out salt and fat. Fresh produce is grown in the school garden and community garden as well as the eggs from the hens and the honey from the bees. The chef also runs the school café, which is open to parents and the community every day before and after school and on Saturdays from 10am–2pm.


Liscard Primary School, Merseyside
Matravers School, Wiltshire
St Helen and St Katharine, Oxfordshire

2017 Winner
The Barlow RC High School & Specialist Science College

2017 School Catering Award Winner:The Barlow RC High School & Specialist Science College

The Barlow RC High is proud of the service that Catering Manager Joanne oversees, motivating her team through continuous improvement and training, including enrolling them onto NVQ’s in Food preparation and Cooking. Students at the Barlow particularly enjoy the breakfast service and the new noodle and rice boxes which are packed with vegetables and come in recyclable containers.


Christ Church CE Primary School
Harrogate Grammar School
Falkner House, London
Lowerplace Primary School

2016 Winner
Ballard School, Hampshire

2016 School Catering Award Winner - Ballard School, Hampshire

Ballard School ensures that healthy eating is key to school curriculum. Innovative chefs provide a vast and well prepared menu, with unhealthy foods, such as those that were fried or baked, disappearing from school plates. The school also implemented a ‘Healthy Eating Working Group’, ensuring the topic remains on the agenda, and recently supported Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day among other worthwhile initiatives.

St Thomas Primary School, Huddersfield
Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls, Monmouthshire
North Liverpool Academy Bishops Stortford College, Hertfordshire

2015 Winner
Trafalgar Infant School, Richmond

Trafalgar Infant School used its experiences raising money for a school vegetable garden in Tanzania to grow and cook their own Tanzanian inspired exotic foods. Pupils filled growing beds with new produce such as okra, chickpeas and coriander, before using them in their own creative and diverse recipes.

Loughborough Endowed Schools, Leicestershire
Bishop’s Stortford College, Hertfordshire
Arden Academy, West Midlands
Lodge Lane Infant School, Norfolk