School catering

The council provides a school catering service through contract services which is a non-profit organisation within the Tower Hamlets’ Children, Schools and Families (CSF) department. 

CSF Contract Services (CSFCS) provides catering and cleaning services to schools and other organisations across Tower Hamlets. The service is also responsible for the Meals on Wheels service on behalf of adult health and wellbeing.

CSFCS operates:

  • the catering service in 98 per cent of schools
  • the cleaning service to 40 per cent of schools
  • the welfare catering service throughout Tower Hamlets

Schools hold their own budgets for catering and cleaning services and choose their own providers. CSFCS aims to offer a value for money service to schools and continuously considers innovative ways in which the service can be improved. An agreement with schools is set up for these services with annual renewals negotiated with the schools.

CSFCS also supplies the following:

  • catering for functions 
  • training and meeting rooms

Please see below for more information on these services.

Training and meeting rooms

Large rooms with a seating capacity for 25 people in each of the rooms are available at Toby Lane council offices which can be used for either training or meetings. The use of televisions, videos, flip charts, white boards and overhead projectors are included in the rates below.

The Toby Lane council office meeting rooms are available from 8am until 4pm and are charged out at the following rates:

Half day: £75
Full day: £150

Refreshments, including lunch can be ordered from the services Special Catering Menu.

You can view the special catering menu and order form and order online.

If you require further information please call our offices on 020 7364 5161. 

Useful links

My School Lunch

My School Lunch is a fresh and innovative way of raising awareness about healthy school lunches as well as providing a positive approach to the lunchtime experience. There are pages about how the meals are prepared, what's on the menu, job information, a feedback section, a contact us section and a competition’s page as well as Trigger’s Club. 

There is also an interactive games page that children, parents, carers and teachers can play.  These are based on parts of the national curriculum.

You Go 4 It

You go 4 it has been created to improve the health of today’s teenagers and promote school meals to secondary school students. On the website teenagers can send in amusing videos, contribute to message boards, vote on topical issues, send in their blogs and see what’s ‘in or out’.


If you have any feedback about the services provided by the education contract services, please fill out the feedback form.

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