At Sedgefield Community College we aim to deliver outstanding provision in everything that we do, whether that be teaching and learning or practices that ensure the welfare of our students. This attitude is also extended to the standard of catering that we provide our students. To this end, the college has partnered with a provider that has an outstanding reputation for excellence in school catering, Gateshead Council School Catering. Student dining is now delivered under our own distinctive brand, “Pitstop”.
Like a modern food court, the eye-catching ‘Pitstop’ concept offers a broad and exciting range of food options, with each option meeting the highest possible nutritional standards. This includes ‘build your own’ (Subway style) sandwiches and wraps, a variety of pasta and curry pot meal deals, paninis, filled jacket potatoes, salads and of course our varied menu of delicious freshly cooked hot meals, including our popular daily two-course meal special. We are sure that parents will also be pleased to know that our high-quality food is also offered at affordable prices.
About Gateshead School Catering
Gateshead School Catering provides a series of bespoke, high quality and cost-effective solutions to your school’s catering needs.
We currently provide more than 11,000 nutritionally-balanced meals every day, served by our team of 330 staff across 71 establishments within the primary and secondary school sectors.
Our staff are fully trained in nutrition, food safety, catering and cookery skills and their aim is simple – to provide a high-quality meal service which is enjoyed by pupils and appreciated by parents.
We know how the right nutrients can positively affect a child’s health, behaviour and ability to concentrate. That’s why we insist that our nutritionally-balanced, high-quality hot meals are freshly prepared in school from the freshest, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients, at the right price every day of the week.
Our comprehensive menus are based on a range of popular and nutritious dishes developed by our own experienced in-house team to meet or exceed national nutritional standards. Menus are refreshed regularly to offer variety and to make full use of seasonal and local produce.
To maintain our high standards, we only use ingredients which have an assured provenance and which come purely from local and regional suppliers. This not only reduces food miles, it also gives our chefs the freshest quality ingredients to work with.
Download the Our Food Map (940k) to take a closer look at where our ingredients come from.
Our purchasing policy also supports smaller suppliers which help to support the regional economy.
We demand high welfare standards. All of our eggs are free range and meet RSPCA Freedom Food standards, all fish is Marine Stewardship Approved (MSC), cocoa, sugar and bananas are guaranteed Fairtrade, and all meat and poultry meet the Red Tractor assured quality standard.
We do not accept foods which are known to contain GM (genetically modified) foods, MRM (mechanically recovered meat), modified proteins, and specified flavourings and colourings.
Special dietary requirements
If your child has a special dietary requirement – such as diabetic, coeliac, low fat and dairy intolerances or a food allergy – we will be happy to plan and provide a school meal that meets your child’s needs.
We can also adapt menus to meet religious needs.
We operate a cashless system which helps to ease queuing, avoids pupils having to carry cash in school, and protects the identity of pupils on free school meals. This system uses biometrics or a fingerprint scanner to provide access to an account. Pupils can top-up their accounts using terminals situated throughout the school. The facility to top-up accounts online is also coming soon.