A SCHOOL and residential care catering team has been rated world class by independent assessors.

The Lancashire County Council service has achieved this recognition at the first attempt from Hospitality Assured.

Following a demanding two day audit inspection and assessments and visits to 10 schools and three care homes, the service was awarded a score of nearly 76 per cent, which is recognised by Hospitality Assured as providing customers with a world class service.

County Cllr Susie Charles, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "It's great that this service has achieved such an excellent accolade, especially as this is the first time it has applied for this accreditation.

"To be recognised by this external industry assessor reflects the efforts of everyone to deliver excellent standards of customer service.

"It demonstrates to everyone our commitment to providing high standards and putting the people who use our services at the heart of everything we do."