Derbyshire school meals news

There is a lot happening at lunchtime and in schools across Derbyshire. 

Click on the headlines below to catch up with the latest school meals news in Derbyshire. If you have interesting news, just let us know via the contact sheet and we will include it for everyone to see.


Parent Chef School Visit

The winner of our parent chef competition was Andrew Archibald, his daughter attends Ashover Primary School. The school was visited on Friday 12th to hand over the prize of a large cooking kit to the school in their special Friday assembly.

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LACA Award Win

We are very excited to announce that Glossopdale School won Secondary Catering Team of the Year at the LACA Awards Ceremony last week on Thursday 11th July.

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Finishing Touches Competition

Derbyshire were very pleased to have several entries for the prestigious "Finishing Touches" baking competition held at LACA The Main Event during the 10th to 12th July 2019 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

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Seaside Special

For our July theme day, the children in Derbyshire enjoyed a fish and chip dinner complete with an ice cream cone.

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Food made in school today

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Lower Hurst Farm Award Win

Lower Hurst Farm supply Derbyshire with organic beef meatballs and burgers for our school meals menu.

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Parent Chef Competition

New for this year, we held a cooking competition at The Dome, University of Derby, Buxton Campus on Thursday 27th June, for parents. They had to create a two course meal suitable for serving in a primary school all for £1.30 per head.

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Give Me Five

Our pupils enjoyed the theme day dinner for June, which was our fun take on eating heathily. Our school cooks have suprised us yet again with their wonderful displays of beautiful coloured food.

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D Day Dinner

To commemorate the 75th anniversary since the D Day landings in France, Breadsall Primary School enjoyed a special theme day lunch.

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Dessert Display

Beautiful dessert display

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Lower Hurst Farm Open Farm

Lower Hurst Organic Farm supply organic beef burgers and meatballs for our school meals. They are taking part in open farm Sunday on the 9th June, why not pop along and see what they are doing?

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Dinosaur Day

Derbyshire celebrated Dinosaur Day in style with a theme day dinner.

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Cost Sector Catering Awards 2019

Derbyshire are very excited to announce, that we were successful in securing an award win last night at the Cost Sector Awards ceremony.

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Holly House Easter Buns

The catering team at Holly House school celebrated Easter in style with their fantastic bakes.

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Easter Crafts at Breadsall

The catering team at Breadsall Primary School baked and decorated some Easter biscuits with the children.

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Mary Swanwick Primary

The catering team at Mary Swanwick cooked some samples of school meals for new parents to try.

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Space Day At Breadsall Primary School

Breadsall Primary School had a space theme day in school, the catering team joined in the fun with a space themed menu.

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Homemade Bread at Breadsall

Breadsall primary school children were tucking into cheese and onion, beetroot and sultana bread this week.

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Breadsall Primary School

The catering team at Breadsall Primary School have had a very busy week in the costume department, first pancake day and then world book day!

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Viking Theme Day

Derbyshire enjoyed Viking Day for their February theme day dinner on Thursday 14th February, this was chosen to coincide with the Viking Festival during half term in York.

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St Elizabeth's Desserts

Sandra the Catering Supervisor has sent in a photograph of her desserts, viennese whirls.

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St Elizabeth's Primary School

Sandra the Catering Supervisor at St Elizabeth's has sent in some photographs of her desserts, they look absolutely delicious, the children at her school are very lucky!

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Big Bird Watch

The children of Derbyshire enjoyed their January theme day "Big Bird Watch" on Thursday 31st.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Derbyshire Catering Service (DCS) recognise that as a business we impact upon our environment. We are keen to share with you what we are doing to address this and how we can reduce the impact on our planet. Therefore we have put together some information to reassure you that we are taking this matter very seriously.

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Vegetable Sculpture Winners part 3

The entries for our vegetable sculpture competition were absolutely fantastic, we could see that a lot of time and efffort had gone into all of them, so it was decided that we should give out more than just one main prize.

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Vegetable Sculpture Winners part 2

Catering went on the road today to visit our vegetable sculpture winner Emily Barnes of Barlow Church of England Primary School to present her with her prize.

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Congratulations Alfreton Park Special School

Congratulations to Ysabelle, Catering Supervisor at Alfreton Park Special School, who has won the Food for Life Great Roast Dinner Day competition with her vegetarian meal option.

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Vegetable Sculpture Competition Winner

Derbyshire ran a vegetable sculpture competition on Thursday 15th November, during National School Meals Week.

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NSMW Friday 16th November 2018

The children all enjoyed a traditional chippy friday with a fish fillet in a sub roll with chips, mushy peas and ice cream for dessert.

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NSMW - Thursday 15th November 2018

Thursday was our childrens choice menu and vegetable sculpture competition. The childrens choice menu gave each school council the opportunity to choose the dinner that was to be cooked and served to the whole school.

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NSMW Wednesday 14th 2018

Wednesday was our roast dinner day, with all the children enjoying a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a decorated sponge for dessert in honour of Prince Charles 70th birthday.

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NSMW Tuesday 13th November 2018

St Lukes at Glossop had a very exciting and enjoyable visit from "National School Meals on the Road". The team provided different games and excercises based around: education, concentration, attainment, energy and nutrition.

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NSMW Monday 12th November 2018

Derbyshire Catering Service are very busy this week celebrating National Schools Meal Week. Monday was our armistice theme day lunch.

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Derbyshire Catering Service visit Lower Hurst

Last month Lower Hurst Organic were very successful in being awarded Food for Life Supplier Scheme Champion Award. On Wednesday the 7th November, Jeanette Orey visited the farm along with Elton Primary School and representatives from Derbyshire Catering Service.

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Northfield Junior School

Northfield Junior School invited parents in to school to collect the harvest fruit of apples and raspberries and also to tidy the gardens up ready for winter

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Lower Hurst Farm Visit Youlgrave Primary

Earlier on this month Lower Hurst Farm were awarded a prestigious Food for Life Award for their food. To celebrate their success, we invited them to have lunch with some pupils from Youlgrave Primary School.

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Educatering Award Win 2018

Derbyshire Catering Service are extremely proud to announce that we have been given an Educatering Award for Innovation on Tuesday 9th October 2018.

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Award Win For Lower Hurst Organic

On 3rd October, Lower Hurst Organic won the prestigious Food for Life Supplier Scheme award. The award celebrates excellence in the food supply industry. Derbyshire Catering Service are very proud to have organic beef from Lower Hurst Farm on our menu.

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Hady Primary Theme Day

The catering supervisor at Hady Primary school, joined in with a European themed week in school by hosting a Spanish themed dinner on Wednesday 26th September.

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Talk Like a Pirate 2018

The pupils enjoyed our "Talk Like a Pirate" theme day dinner on Wednesday 19th September.

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National School Meals Week (1)

National School Meals Week is celebrating its 25th year, and Derbyshire are very excited to be able to join in with these celebrations.  

We have a week full of themed dinners for the children to enjoy.

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Finishing Touches 2018

LACA hosted their “Main Event” catering exhibition at Birmingham Hilton Metropole last week 11th to 13th July 2018. Part of the exhibition is a prestigious baking competition organised in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs

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Healthy Lifestyle Event 2018

We were very excited to host our annual healthy lifestyle event on the 8th and 9th May at Lea Green Learning & Development Centre. As the title states, this year the activities were about learning and getting to know food.

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Royal Wedding Theme Day Lunch

In Derbyshire we celebrated the royal wedding in style with a theme day picnic lunch

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Catering Survey 2018

Derbyshire Catering Services are conducting a customer service survey for a snapshot of primary schools across the county.

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St Patricks Day

Holmesdale Infant School celebrated St Patricks day with a themed breakfast.

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Summer Event 2018

The Catering Service are excited to announce our 11th annual event. We are hosting two fun filled days, learning about where our food comes from and promoting healthy lifestyles.  Both day follow the same format, so please select a date which suits you.

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Egyptian Theme Day

Derbyshire Catering Services had an Egyptian themed lunch on January 11th 2018. Please see photos of our decorated dining halls.

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Christmas Dinner

In the lead up to Christmas, our schools have been busy serving up Christmas lunches and decorating their dining halls to give the children of Derbyshire a wonderful dinner.

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Winner Cupcake Decorating Competition

And, the winner is ……!

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Food For Life Partnership Awards Bronze

IMG 8231Derbyshire county councils Catering Service is very pleased to announce they have passed the inspection and now hold The Charter Mark with Food for Life Bronze Award.

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LACA Finishing Touches Competition 2015

Four schools in Derbyshire are celebrating after winning awards in a national catering competition. Staff from Derbyshire County Council’s catering service attended the Local Authority Caterers’ Association (LACA) awards ceremony to pick up their accolades.

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New school meals leaflet for parents

We have created a new leaflet for parents which is packed full of information about school meals and the food we serve.

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Gail Boyce School Chef of the Year 2014 Regional Final

Well Done Gail!

Gail Boyce Catering Supervisor from Bolsover C of E Juniors has successfully won the East Midlands Regional Final of School Chef of the Year.  The final is to be held on Wednesday 21st May at Worthy Down in Winchester.


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Vegetable roadshow fun at Rosliston CE Primary School

Pupils at Rosliston CE Primary School near Swadlincote had the opportunity to try different vegetables recently when members of the Catering team presented them with samples and demonstrated stir fry cookery with a wok. 


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Waingroves Winner

The My School Lunch team were delighted to visit Waingroves Primary School recently to award William Bott to present him with his prize, after he correctly answered the questions in the recent 'My School Lunch' competition. 


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