Our School Meals
School meals matter. It has been well documented that children who eat nutritious meals every day and lead active lifestyles tend to excel. ACE Academies recognise that our schools are on the frontline of efforts to improve childhood nutrition and our collective health. Improving the meals that our pupils eat in schools is an important step to achieve that goal.
ACE Catering service is passionate about ensuring the well-being of young people, through healthy and balanced nutrition We pride ourselves on a high-quality in-house catering provision working closely with local suppliers to ensure we use as much local, seasonal, British and organic produce where we can. We see this as an important investment in our children and their future health and well-being.
Our talented Catering teams work together to achieve positive outcomes for our pupils and also collaborate with their local communities. Through improving school meals, we are not only providing important nutritional assistance, but are also helping pupils to be better equipped to feed their minds.
ACE catering teams are making positive steps to sustainably manage their energy, water and waste. Through the sustainable catering charter they are also actively increasing local and seasonal produce, using high welfare meats but less of it and increasing grains and pulses to minimise the impact of climate change.
Catering Strategy - Aspirational Core Purpose
“To transform school food culture across the academies for Character and Excellence by becoming a nationally recognised sustainable school catering service offering freshly prepared, tasty, healthy meals prepared by exceptional teams that also add value to their schools through operating community projects, teaching practical life skills and creating healthy communities.”
How to order
The school uses ParentPay for ordering lunches which you can activate using a unique username and password.
School lunches cost £2.44 per day.
For years 3, 4, 5 and 6, payment will need to be made at the time of booking on ParentPay. For children in Reception, 1 and 2, there will be no payment required as meals are provided free of charge for these years.
Making your selection via ParentPay will provide you with the flexibility to book a term in advance and to make any changes to your menu choices as required.
Pre-ordered lunches will be cancelled if you inform the office of illness etc before 9.30am and your ParentPay balance will be credited.
Free School Meals
Under the Government ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’ scheme, children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 are entitled to a hot meal free of charge. However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school regardless of which year they are in, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional pupil premium funding to support learning.
Children in Years 3 - 6 are required to pay for meals unless parents are in receipt of a means tested benefit and have registered for free school meals. A 'meal' is a main meal with vegetables, a dessert and a drink.
How to apply
The quickest and easiest way to apply for free school meals is through the Devon County Council Portal Citizen Portal
The person making the application should be the person who holds parental responsibility for the child that they are applying for. This will result in an instant decision direct to your phone, tablet or computer. A print out of the result or screen shot confirming eligibility should be shown to the School Office allowing free meals to commence straight away.
Parents and carers can also ring the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019 to request a paper copy of the application form.
St. Gabriel's Team
Ellie Fairchild (Kitchen Manager)
Carla Bowden (Catering Assistant)
Charlotte Hall (Catering Assistant)
Meet the Team
Through our curriculum, our schools ensure that every child understands the impact of the food they eat on their health and the environment, and has the food skills to live a healthy life.
“The best schools do a brilliant job of weaving food education – cooking, growing vegetables, even modest efforts at animal husbandry – into school life and the curriculum”
School Food Plan
All of our schools are part of the national Food For Life programme which is a whole school approach to school food encouraging excellence in school food, food education, growing and community partnerships, allowing our children to expand their palates, try new foods, understand where their food comes from and make healthy choices.
Food For Life
The emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils is just as important as their physical health and wellbeing. It is important our pupils learn to manage and articulate their emotions, deal with different situations and communicate in appropriate ways in order to flourish and support effective learning.