Secondary School News

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

Click on the headlines below to catch up with the latest happenings. 



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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Host A School Chef

Derbyshire were very excited to have Jillian Nally the Unit Manager from Brookfield Community School take part in Host a School Chef this year. Jill cooked at Chatsworth House for the day, rotating round the kitchen to sample each area of cooking.

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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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Student Chef of the Year 2019

Friday 28th June, was our Student Chef of the Year Competition at The Dome, University of Derby, Buxton Campus.

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QA Awards

Derbyshire held their secondary schools quality assurance awards evening on Friday 28th June to celebrate the hard work and success of the catering teams.

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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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Healthy Lifestyle Event 2019

The catering service were very proud to host our 12th healthy lifestyle event on the 14th May at Lea Green.

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Summer Event 2019

The catering team at Derbyshire County Council are very excited to launch our summer event. The event is held at Lea Green Learning and Development Centre on Tuesday 14th May, and is focussed around leading healthy lifestyles. The day is educational and informative but also fun, as we believe if the students are having fun they learn.

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Student Chef 2019

We are pleased to announce that entries are now open for this years competition.

All you have to do is plan and prepare a 2 course meal, it must be suitable for serving in a school and use all the main food groups from the Eatwell Guide. You have a maximum budget of £2 per head.

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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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Secondary Catering Awards 2015

The Secondary Quality Catering Assurance Awards for 2014/15 took place on Friday 17th July at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield.

Throughout the year every school where Derbyshire County Council Catering Services has provided a secondary meal has been monitored and a Quality Assurance check carried out. 

These checks identify where improvements or actions need to be taken to improve the service as well as recognising standards of excellence within individual kitchens. 

Students and Head teachers are each given questionnaires to measure their level of satisfaction and provide feedback on performance.

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LACA Finishing Touches

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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Derbyshire Student Chef of the Year

This year’s Student Chef of the year took place on Friday 27th June at The Dome, Derby University’s Buxton site.

The competition is open to students from years 9 to 11, they had to plan and prepare 2 portions of a main course and 2 portions of a dessert and present to the judges.

The menu should be suitable for serving in school to 14 year old students and be based on the Eat Well plate; the ingredients should reflect local cultural diversity and include some seasonal local produce.




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