The Education Catering Team sit within the Estates Management & Contracts, CYP service and consist of: Janet Smith (Senior Contract Officer/Catering Manager), Kirsty Salmon - Contract Officer (Catering) and Tracey Britton - Contract Officer, Facility Management (FM). The team’s primary role is to manage the centrally managed schools meals service on behalf of 66 schools through ensuring contractual compliance of a number of contracts with an annual value of excess of £10 million. The school meals contract is the council’s largest contract, worth £8.6 m per annum and serves around 2.5 million meals per a school year. The contract is currently operated by Chartwells (part of the Compass Group) and employs around 500 staff. The most important outcome of the Catering team role is to ensure all Lewisham schools comply with their statutory duty to provide school meals within the central contract and all pupils receive a nutritious and tasty meals in accordance with the Governments School Food Plan. The Facility Management contract ensures that the kitchens run efficiently, covering day to day repairs and statutory maintenance for kitchen equipment. Further to the maintenance contract the team manage a capital programme utilising a number of contractors, delivering between £500,000 - £1 million of works each year. Janet is very passionate about school meals and has worked for Lewisham for 28 years! She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. She uses her expertise to help in our schools building programme – particularly in kitchen design. Janet works closely with Chartwells Management team and our schools Headteachers encouraging close working relations to drive levels of satisfaction and take up of school meals. Janet moonlights for the other side (Bromley Council) as a Superintendent Registrar, conducting wedding ceremonies at the weekend! Kirsty who previously worked for Croydon Council for many years as a Monitoring Officer also carried out school meal related consultancy services prior to joining the team in 2016. The task of quality management /control within School kitchens falls to Kirsty, through the process of contract compliance/monitoring. Kirsty loves making and eating delicious cakes! Tracey worked for Westminster Council for 27 years and is the newest recruit in the team. She joined in October 2016 and has proven to be an asset, by keeping right on top of the schools maintenance requirements, by working closely with Chartwells staff, the Schools and our Contractors, Tracey helps to ensure schools have a fully working kitchen. As a vegan she eats lots of interesting food and gives a different twist on food!
The Training Kitchen
The Lewisham Training Kitchen (LTK) is a state of the art facility run in partnership between Chartwells, Lewisham Council and Phoenix Community Housing. The LTK is available for school visits for KS1 to KS4 and each session is bespoked to incorporate aspects of the curriculum. Sessions include health and safety and food safety, as well as practical cooking skills. Pupils gain knowledge of the different food groups, health and nutrition, and develop their teamwork and creativity. A trip to the Lewisham Training Kitchen is included as a school’s termly added value session. If you are interested in additional sessions, please enquire about terms using the contact details
Catering Service Information for Lewisham Schools
The London Borough of Lewisham (LBL) has a contract in place with Chartwells, part of the Compass Group, to provide a catering service to schools. The current contract commenced in May 2015, for a 5 year period, with the option to extend for 2 years. The majority of schools within the borough buy into this contract – this includes 2 Nursery Schools, 61 Primary/Special Schools and 8 Secondary School sites.Within each setting, Chartwells provide a 2 course meal which meets with the requirements of the School Food Standards. This is of silver Food for Life Partnership menu standard, which shows that school food is healthy, ethical, and uses some local and organic ingredients. Chartwells use MSC certified sustainable seafood, British Lion quality eggs, Fairtrade sugar and bananas and Farm Assured/Red Tractor meat. In the Secondary Schools, a Global Adventure menu is in place, offering exciting dishes from around the globe alongside firm favourites.Chartwells manage the catering service across schools on a day to day basis. Each school is appointed an Operations Manager, providing support to the Unit Managers and their teams. The Operations Manager meets with school representatives and plays a key role in developing the service.LBL monitor the contract, alongside Chartwells, to ensure contract compliance – we strive for all schools and their pupils to get the best out of their catering service. We carry out periodic monitoring visits where we review a variety of aspects including health and safety, Chartwells processes and procedures and, of course, to observe the lunch service. LBL meet with Chartwells for both Monthly and Quarterly Business Reviews.
School Kitchen Facilities Management
On 15 January 2018, ThermoServ Ltd commenced as the new Facilities Management (FM) Contractor for the London Borough of Lewisham’s (LBL), to service 64 school kitchens and 1 council depot within the borough.ThermoServ Ltd's responsibility is to manage the ongoing kitchen maintenance both planned and reactive across the school estate, ensuring that the kitchens run efficiently by covering the day to day repairs and statutory maintenance for kitchen equipment.As part of the FM contract, Lewisham is responsible for the ongoing safe and effective operation of the Council’s school kitchen facilities. This includes but is not limited to the following areas:Maintenance of: Catering equipment on both a reactive & planned basis. Catering (LBL) always aim to repair faulty kitchen equipment but where this not possible, the equipment will be replaced. Kitchen Fabric (mechanical & electrical works including lifts and dumbwaiters floors, ceilings, walls, doors, etc.) both on a reactive & planned basis.Fire Safety and Suppression SystemsAd Hoc decorative works (including painting, tiling, plaster repairs, etc. within the kitchen.) Statutory Compliance Testing: Gas Safety TestingPortable Appliance Testing (PAT)Duct Cleaning LBL has a legalobligation to complete inspection, testing and remedial works on gas appliances, portable electrical appliances and ventilation across its school kitchen estate. It is essential these works are carried out to legislative standards, in order that LBL complies with all current regulations. Copies of Gas Safety and PAT Certificates are sent out to the Schools Premises Officer for Schools which are in the FM contract. Planning Preventative Maintenance Programme (PPM)PPM of all kitchen equipment are undertaken on an annual basis. Certificates are available on request.
Education Catering Resource page
Lewisham Council’s Education Catering provides advice, guidance andinformation relating to the Catering service to Lewisham schools. In addition, the unit provide dispute resolution through the complaint procedure. The Education Catering Team sits within the Estates Management & Contracts group and includes Janet Smith (Catering Manager), Kirsty Salmon (Catering Monitoring Officer) and Tracey Britton (Facilities Management (FM) Officer). The team’s primary role is to manage the centrally managed schools meals service on behalf of 71 schools ensuring compliance from Chartwells, our current meal provider and Thermoseve, our kitchen facilities manager.The contract currently operated by Chartwells (part of the Compass Group) employs around 500 staff. In addition to the School Meals Contract, the Council manages the Facilities Management of kitchens ensuring they run efficiently, covering day to day repairs and statutory maintenance for kitchen equipment.