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A regular feature, “In Focus” examines the work of a key STEP service, team or individual. Our inaugural “In Focus”,features the STEP Catering Service; which currently operates at Applegarth, David Livingstone and Gonville.
Suzanne Martin, the STEP Catering Manager, leads a team of committed staff who understand the link between a nutritious diet and high standards of achievement. Using fresh, locally sourced produce, each Academy’s menu is thoughtfully developed to meet the needs of its community.
Training is prioritised, so that the catering staff consistently produce high quality food for our children. Emphasis is also placed on creating a positive dining experience where good manners are promoted. Significant investment has taken place across the Trust to upgrade catering and dining facilities. For example, the extension and refurbishment of Gonville Academy’s dining hall, which is close to completion, will considerably improve lunchtimes.
Pupils, staff and parents have continued to provide positive feedback since the service was taken “in-house”, illustrating the success of our strategy to extend the range of services offered to STEP Academies.
We are happy to announce that Gonville Academy has been awarded the Soil Association’s Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark, for serving fresh lunches that meet nutritional guidelines. More and more, people want to know where their food comes from and how it has been made. As a Catering Mark-award holder the STEP Catering Team have proved that they maintain high standards of traceability, freshness and provenance. The award recognises caterers who serve fresh food which is free from controversial additives and better for animal welfare, and includes a rigorous on-site
The Food for Life Catering Mark is an independent endorsement, backed by annual inspections, for food providers who are taking steps to improve the food they serve.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage and reward caterers who:
The STEP Catering Team aim to provide healthy, well-balanced menus that pupils will enjoy and as such, all meals are freshly prepared in school each morning and meet the rigorous school food guidelines set out by the Government.
For just £1.95 per day your child can enjoy:
Our school meals are designed to give your child exactly the right kind of foods to keep them going until teatime, including lots of energy-giving carbohydrates and at least two of their five a day fruit and vegetables.
If your child doesn’t already have a hot lunch in school, why not introduce them? You might be surprised.