Shire Services is the catering and cleaning arm of Shropshire Council. We provide a wide range of services for schools and academies, including: catering, cleaning, facilities management and consultancy services. We understand that each school is different, and that's why we offer flexible packages of support to suit your needs.

We currently operate in nine local authority areas, covering the West Midlands, northwest England, and north Wales. In growing our service over the last 30 years, we're able to offer our customers an experienced team of caterers and cleaners who deliver a quality service based on key performance indicators.

How we can support you


  • Menu design and creation, focusing on local fresh produce
  • Allergen and nutritional analysis of menus
  • Chef support with cooking classes or class student group activities
  • Compliance with the latest legislation in areas of food safety, health and safety and food labelling
  • Kitchen support for your catering employees
  • Reduced food costs through increased purchasing power
  • Access to support with introducing and managing a cashless system with online payments and student menu choice pre-ordering
  • Marketing of the service to students and parents
  • Full academic theme day planner, with a minimum of one theme day per month
  • Attendance at parent evenings, school council and/or SNAG meetings to discuss the service and menus directly with parents and students
  • Full craft training for school kitchen team
  • CIEH accredited training for levels 1, 2 and 3 in food safety and level 2 and 3 in health and safety
  • SSCB (Shropshire Safeguarding Children Board)-accredited ‘Raising Awareness in Safeguarding Children & Young People’ training
  • Access to management training for your on-site catering manager


  • Access to method statements, risk assessments and COSHH registers for all cleaning tasks and chemicals used on your site
  • CIEH accredited training for level 2 and 3 in health and safety
  • SSCB (Shropshire Safeguarding Children Board)-accredited ‘Raising Awareness in Safeguarding Children & Young People’ training
  • Access to operations training on specialised equipment and processes
  • Advisory point for all your soft facilities management services

Our offer


Fully managed catering service which includes:

  • Menus that meet the government’s latest food-based standards
  • Food safety
  • Health and safety
  • Recruitment
  • Relief staff
  • Cash collection
  • Marketing
  • Financial controls

Partially managed catering service


Fully managed school cleaning service which includes:

  • Routine and periodic cleaning schedules
  • Recruitment
  • Health and safety
  • Audit and inspections
  • Financial controls
  • Equipment maintenance and replacement
  • Kitchen deep cleans
  • Ventilation and ductwork cleaning to B&ES TR/19 standard
  • Specialist floor work for stripping and redressing of floors
  • Periodic cleaning and/or health and safety audits at a time to suit you
  • Management of services such as concierge, 24hr accommodation management, handyman and reception duties


"Just a quick note to formally say how pleased we are with the cleaning done over the holidays – all the staff have commented on how lovely the school looks, and some parents as well!  The hall floor particularly is very impressive.  Many thanks to your staff for the hard work they put in – we do appreciate it".

Head Teacher