The catering team from Churchill Community College were in London to pick up the National Award for their great work in ensuring students have a range of tasty fish dishes in their school menu.

Val Stothert the Catering Manager at Churchill Community College said “The award is a wonderful recognition of all of the good work that goes on in schools across North Tyneside. I was very proud to collect it on behalf of Churchill Community College and the whole Catering Services Team at North Tyneside Council.”

A final surprise awaited Val on her homeward train journey when Virgin Trains upgrade her to First Class.

Val collected the award along with Kim Ashby from North Tyneside Council. Kim said “We had a wonderful day and the upgrade was the icing on the cake.”

The team would like to thank Kyle their train manager and Virgin Trains for making their day even more special.

Food served in some schools and academies in England must meet the school food standards so that children have healthy, balanced diets.

The school food standards apply to all maintained schools, and academies that were founded before 2010 and after June 2014. They must provide:

  • high-quality meat, poultry or oily fish
  • fruit and vegetables
  • bread, other cereals and potatoes

There can’t be:

  • drinks with added sugar, crisps, chocolate or sweets in school meals and vending machines
  • more than 2 portions of deep-fried, battered or breaded food a week

You can read more about school food standards on the School Food Plan website