Public Sector Network Tender Alert


Maidstone Grammar School - Tender for Catering Services

The successful Supplier will be required to provide catering services at Maidstone Grammar School. Maidstone Grammar School is a boys' grammar school with girls in the 6th form. It is located in Maidstone, Kent and was founded in 1549. In 2007 it changed its status from a maintained school to a Foundation. The tender project is seeking to appoint a Supplier whose initiative and innovation will be welcomed for the provision of service within the existing facilities for the 1267 students on roll and 110 teaching and support staff, with a focus on exciting new food concepts to satisfy a wide range of pupil tastes and dietary requirements. The Client would wish the successful Supplier to review the current range of services offered and make recommendations accordingly. The contract being tendered is 3 years and 7 months in duration from 1.1.2019 to 31.7.2022 with an option of another year from 1.8.2022 until 31.7.2023 and will operate as a guaranteed performance contract, with the successful Supplier offering the Client a guaranteed return / cost per annum for the provision of catering services. Sovereignty of the cash tariff is to remain with the Client for the duration of this contract. The academic year is based on a calendar of 195 days. Five days are to be used for staff professional development which means that School will be open to receive students for the legal minimum of 190 days. The contract offered covers the scope for the provision of all school catering services, which currently includes morning break, lunch, all hospitality and free issue requirements. Free School Meals and hospitality will be charged based on consumption, where a margin will be allowed on free meals and hospitality will be charged at net food cost. Whilst the Client prioritises value for money as a key objective of the competitive tender process, the governing body is not obliged to accept the lowest price. The Client expects the successful Supplier to enable the continued development of catering through the provision of an innovative, healthy food service, with fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients being prepared on-site. The Client expects the successful Supplier to evidence, through their bid, how they shall support and complement its values and support the principles of Every Child Matters. The Client believes that success should be celebrated and that pupils should enjoy their time at school; if lessons are stimulating and challenging then students will love learning. Much time therefore, is spent reviewing and planning schemes of work to ensure that they are differentiated to meet the needs of all students. As a result, the Client is very enthusiastic regarding work experience and apprenticeship proposals and would welcome the input of the successful Supplier. Further information is provided in the SQ Documentation.


The Litmus Partnership
Maidstone Grammar School
Barton Road
ME15 7BT

Contract value: 1350000

Published: 26 Jun 2018, Receipt by: 27 Jul 2018