School Catering Contract – Tove Learning Trust, Northamptonshire

School Catering Contract – Tove Learning Trust, Northamptonshire

Provide a healthy and good quality catering service at tendering schools within the Trust.

United Kingdom-Towcester: School catering services

2020/S 185-447993

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Tove Learning Trust
Postal address: c/o Sponne School, Brackley Road
Town: Towcester
NUTS code: UKF2 Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire
Postal code: NN12 6DJ
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Red Box Consultancy Services
Telephone: +44 1423810985
Fax: +44 1423810985
Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Catering Services for Tove Learning Trust


II.1.2)Main CPV code

55524000 School catering services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Providing a healthy and good quality catering service at tendering schools within the Trust, who look to appoint a contractor to provide school catering from January 2021. Please note that the start date of the contract for some schools will be September 2021, which will is stated within the tender documentation.


II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

55523100 School-meal services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKF2 Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire
Main site or place of performance:


— Sponne, Towcester,

— Elizabeth Woodville, M.Keynes,

— Lord Grey, M.Keynes,

— Grace Acad Coventry,

— Grace Acad Solihull,

— Grace Acad Darlaston,

— Knowles Primary Bletchley,

— Water Hall Primary Bletchley,

— Wootton Primary.


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:


The Trust’s expectations are high and they are looking for a catering contractor who has the same aims and aspirations as the schools do. They do seek value for money but that does not mean they will choose the cheapest quote possible. They are seeking a partner who will be willing to undertake extra work and be flexible in approach when dealing with certain key events throughout the school year. The aim of the Trust is to award one contractor the contract for catering services at all schools listed in the ‘Place of Performance.’

However this does not mean that the Trust is obliged to and they may decide to award individual contractors for groups of Schools or single Schools. Should this be the case, then potential successful contractors would be approached first for discussion and confirmation that they are happy to be awarded the schools who wish to award them their catering contract.

The contract is for an initial period of 3 years, with two optional 1-year extensions. The bidding contractors must be able to show a proven track record of operating similar contracts within budgets and guidelines.


II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Two optional 1-year extensions.


II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

The tender documentation that you require can be obtained on request by email to


Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 23/10/2020
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 23/10/2020
Local time: 12:00


Tender responses are to be emailed to and

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure.


Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Sue Wagstaff, CFO Tove Learning Trust, Red Box Consultancy Services.


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

The tender documentation that you require can be obtained on request by email to


VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Red Box Consultancy Services Ltd
Postal address: 3 Sceptre House, Hornbeam Square North
Town: Harrogate
Postal code: HG2 8PB
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1423810985
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: