Delivering nutritious school meals

Our accreditation’s and partnerships demonstrate our commitment to delivering the highest quality school meals to pupils in Southampton. We continuously work with well-known food accreditation’s and industry partners to achieve high standards in food delivery and nutrition every year.

Food For Life - Bronze Award

We are proud of our Bronze Food for Life Award. It signifies the start of our journey to improve meals in schools across Southampton. Pupils in Food for Life schools are twice as likely to eat five a day and a third less likely to eat no fruit or vegetables than pupils in comparison schools. 45% of parents reported eating more vegetables and pupils are 40% more likely to say that they ‘like’ or ‘really like’ school meals.

City Catering Southampton has achieved the Bronze Award which means the majority of our schools meet the following standards.


The majority of our school meals are prepared from scratch


All meat is from farms which satisfy UK animal welfare standards


No Fish is served from the Marine Conservation Society ‘fish to avoid list’


Eggs are from free-range hens


No undesirable additives or artificial trans fats are used.


No genetically modified ingredients are used

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Free drinking water is prominently available to pupils


Menus are seasonal and in-season products are highlighted for pupils


Information about food provenance is displayed to pupils


Menus provide for all dietary and cultural needs


Catering staff are supported with skills training and are engaged in food education


All suppliers have been verified to ensure they apply appropriate food safety standards

Marine Stewardship Council

Marine Stewardship Council is on a mission to end overfishing. Our school meals only use fish from well managed, sustainable stocks or farms and no fish is served from the MSC ‘fish to avoid’ list.


5 Star Food Hygiene Ratings

All of our school kitchens have a Food Standards Hygiene Rating of 5. This rating means that our school’s hygiene standards were reported as very good.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by the Food Standards Agency. It’s government led and operates in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It’s dedicated to assessing the hygiene levels of restaurants, takeaways, food shops, and cafes. And it’s all about making sure food in the UK is safe to consume.


Red Tractor

Did you know our lamb meatballs are Red Tractor using Welsh lamb?

Red Tractor is a world-leading farm and food assurance scheme that provides traceable, safe food. It’s an easy signpost for consumers looking for British food and drink that they can trust.


Change 4 Life

We work with schools to promote healthy eating and nutrition. Change 4 life activitly tackles the causes of obesity and aims to help families make small, sustainable yet significant improvements to their diet and activity levels.

Parents can find regular information shared by Change 4 life via our social media channels.



City Catering Southampton is a member of Lead Association for Catering in Education.

This membership body represents the School Food Industry, and we actively work with partners to maintain the highest possible standards with our school catering service.