Contract catering for schools, colleges and universities
Our dedicated education catering brands and teams provide freshly prepared, varied and exciting food options aimed to support the health and wellbeing of learners and staff.
Education and skills matter to us all - we work hard to ensure pupils and staff have access to nutritional meals to increase their learning power.
Whilst each of our brands provide a unique catering and hospitality service to meet the diverse needs of our clients they all have something in common - they care and put wellbeing at the very heart of everything they do. We can also provide a range of other soft facilities management services to support schools, colleges and Universities, from cleaning to grounds maintenance and housekeeping.
Primary, secondary and academy schools
Our specialist school brands, Taylor Shaw (UK wide) and Edwards & Blake (East of England), work hard to ensure our food offer is creative and appealing to young people, as well as making sure we meet the requirements of the Department for Education School Food Standards.
We focus on providing fresh sustainable food to our customers that is both delicious and nutritious. We also work closely with our schools and suppliers to support young people, helping them understand where food comes from and how it impacts our wellbeing.
Our Lexington Independents and Taylor Shaw brands work in partnership with bursars, teachers, pupils and parents, to create a bespoke fresh food and hospitality service that makes a real difference to life at school.
The team's understanding of different cultures, food trends, nutrition, wellbeing and social responsibility put them ahead of the competition. Both brands offer a tailored approach to ensure every dining experience and school community event reflects the needs, values and character of the school so it is something you can be proud of.
Our Taylor Shaw teams continually innovate, introducing new food trends and concepts to meet the needs of a their diverse community of students and portfolio of colleges.
They offer a truly bespoke service, working with colleges to ensure they deliver a flexible offer that provides good value for money, to all students.
We work in partnership with universities to maximise the quality of their student experience as a place to live and learn, providing bespoke catering and hospitality services and wider facilities management support.
Innovation remains at the heart of what we do to ensure we satisfy our diverse student pool, with new food concepts regularly introduced to ensure we compete successfully with the high street. This, together with our digital ordering technology and clever marketing campaigns, is a key part of our strategy for universities.
Health & wellbeing
We have a team of expert nutritionists and dieticians who work closely with our chefs to support those with specialist medical diets and to ensure our meals are nutritionally balanced.
We are committed to delivering a world-class digital offer, including a truly frictionless order experience for all of our customers. We have developed a number of in-house technology innovations, including our proprietary school meal ordering technology ‘LunchHound’, which is modernising the school lunch ordering system.
Here is what a few of our clients have to say...
Fred Longworth High School
Alex Gallimore, Business Manager at Fred Longworth High School, said:
"We have worked in partnership with Taylor Shaw since September 2019 and have created a quality service that students and staff deserve. The focus has been on fresh products to create healthy and nutritional options for the customers.
"The catering team are a credit to Taylor Shaw and to the school - they create a vibrant and welcoming environment during break and lunch times."
Werneth High School
Emma Sorsby, School Business Manager at Werneth High School, says:
"We moved from in-house catering in October 2019 to Taylor Shaw. There was a great deal of work that needed to be completed to raise the standard of catering in the school.
"Taylor Shaw took the stress away from myself as School Business Manager in respect of TUPE of current staff, completion of all food hygiene standards, staff training, menus and allergens. Moving from in-house to an external provider we have never looked back."
St John's School, Sidmouth
Graham Hurrell, Former Head of School, St John’s School, Sidmouth says:
"We have always enjoyed excellent communication and interaction with Lexington Independents, but the real test came with COVID. The team have worked closely with us throughout, helping us to significantly reduce our costs without sacrificing food quality upon reopening.
"We are very happy indeed. The team are supportive and always respond quickly."