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Student Dining

We have restaurants on both campuses where we continue to serve a broad range of freshly prepared food at break and lunchtime.

We work hard to ensure the meals are healthy, nutritious and well balanced. We only use quality ingredients, fresh and locally sourced where possible. Sample menus are available on this page.

We use Cashless Catering to make it easier for you to pay for school meals and to avoid the need for students to bring cash into school. Every student has a Pick and Pay card which can be charged up on-line using ParentPay. The card can be used for paying for food and for purchasing goods from the School libraries.

Free School Meals

You may be eligible for free school meals if your income is below a certain level. If so, we would encourage you to apply, as not only will your child receive a free lunch and support towards extra-curricular trip costs but it also means the school receives additional funding to support your child's education. The payment card system means that no one will know your child gets free school meals. The form is available on this page.

Children whose parents are getting any of the following are entitled to free school meals:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).
  • Income Support (IS).
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBSJA).
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA).
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190).
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
  • Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get free school meals.

How to apply

Apply through the Devon County Council Citizen Portal. This is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision. Alternatively, call the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

Since 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants have continued to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This applies even if their earnings rise above the threshold during that time.

In addition, any pupil gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals until March 2025.

After March 2025, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).

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