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Bath & North East Somerset Council's Catering Services provides a hot meals service to 60 out of 61 B&NES primary schools, and a sandwich service to the other primary school.

Meals are prepared and cooked in 36 kitchens and transported to the 25 schools that do not have kitchens; some of these are on adjoining sites. 160 staff are employed.

We also provide meals to early years settings (playgroups and nurseries) when requested. Breakfasts, tuck shops and after school clubs are also catered for if requested by the school.

The service comprises provision of meals every day at the school:

  • Locally prepared and locally-sourced food
  • Cover for staff absences, recruitment and training
  • Menu planning and nutrition analysis
  • Meals that are compliant with the nutritional standards for school lunches and food based standards for food other than lunch
  • Food procurement and management of suppliers
  • Training, including food safety training
  • Support for school food initiatives such as Food For Life to a minimum of Bronze standard
  • Meeting individual dietary needs
  • Presentations to parents
  • Healthy packed lunches when required.

In 2009 we were among the first handful of local authorities to receive the Food For Life Partnership Caterer Bronze Award

We have worked with schools to develop more lunch-time choice and less expensive options, and have supported the development of new breakfast and after-school catering opportunities, all with the objective of increasing the take-up of healthy food.

The four-week menu is standard across all the schools that we serve but we will adapt this to meet individual dietary needs, or to fit in with a curriculum theme. See the link to the menu on this page.

We are satisfied that we provide high quality meals and service but we also want to improve. Let us know how we can do better: contact myschoollunch@bathnes.gov.uk.

The price of a school meal in a B&NES primary school is £2. The Council has held this price since September 2010 in order to support families.

This price does not cover the entire cost of providing the service, especially at schools where not many children choose to have meals. The contribution to the running of the meals service amounts to much less than 1% of the cost of primary education.

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