Catering@The Grove

The College’s Catering facility, The Grove, has been awarded the Teignbeat Gold Award, which means that the quality of food, hygiene and staff were all judged to be of the highest standard by the local inspectors.
We take great pride in sourcing our ingredients as locally as possible and we are pleased to say that all of our main suppliers are from the South-West; for example, we have fresh bread delivered from our local baker, seasonal vegetables from our school garden, handmade organic pies from Buckfastleigh, pasta sauces from Newton Abbot, handmade pasties from Plymouth, and we sell water that has been bottled in the heart of Devon.

Operating times

The canteen operates at break times, from 11.05am until 11.35am and from 1:45pm until 2.15pm. A range of hot and cold food, drinks and snacks are available at these times.

‘The White Stuff’ 

At Dawlish Community College we now have free milk available for free school meal students every day!  If your child would like to participate they can collect their 189ml carton of semi-skimmed milk from the canteen in Millennium Hall at break time or lunchtime.  Each free school meal student is allowed 1 free carton each day and this does not affect their daily spend limit of £2.30.

The same milk is also available to purchase at 25p per carton for students who do not have free school meals.

School meals

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is held in the canteen between 8am and 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A range of hot and cold items are served at this time, including full cooked breakfasts, porridge and cereal. Drinks, fruit and some healthy snacks will also be available. A full English breakfast (7 items) costs only £1.70

Price list

The price list below is effective from June 2015.

This price list can also be downloaded here

Canteen Menus

The Colleges ensures wherever possible that the food served fully complies with the most recent nutritional standards for schools. Our kitchen strives to use seasonal produce and locally sourced products throughout the range of meals they offer.

Below is a typical menu to give an example of the food available in the canteen.

DayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Main course - Meat Beef Bolognaise Chicken Curry Beef & Ale Pie Roast Lamb Battered Haddock
Main course - Hot Pots Tomato Pasta (v)
Cheesy Beanie (v)
Macaroni Cheese (v)
Lasagne
Tuna Tomato Pasta
Tomato Pasta (v)
Cheesy Beanie (v)
Macaroni Cheese (v)
Lasagne
Tuna Tomato Pasta
Tomato Pasta (v)
Cheesy Beanie (v)
Macaroni Cheese (v)
Lasagne
Tuna Tomato Pasta
Tomato Pasta (v)
Cheesy Beanie (v)
Macaroni Cheese (v)
Lasagne
Tuna Tomato Pasta
Tomato Pasta (v)
Cheesy Beanie (v)
Macaroni Cheese (v)
Lasagne
Tuna Tomato Pasta
Main course - Vegetarian Homity Pie Sweet Potato & Lentil Curry Fish Pie Butternut Squash & Spinach Risotto Quorn Bolognaise
Starchy Food Warm bread roll RiceMashed Potato Roast Potatoes Chips
Vegetables Stir fried Vegetables Sugar snap peas Green Beans Carrots
Red cabbage
Broccoli
Peas
SaladMixed Salad Green Salad Coleslaw Side Salad Mixed Salad
Extra Bread Wholemeal roll Nann Bread Baguette Bagel Brown Bap
Dessert Selection of fresh fruit and yoghurts Hot Pudding Selection of fresh fruit and yoghurts Hot Pudding Selection of fresh fruit and yoghurts
Grab & Go (Hot) Theo's Chicken Wrap
Jacket Potato
Theo's Chicken Wrap
Jacket Potato
Theo's Chicken Wrap
Jacket Potato
Theo's Chicken Wrap
Jacket Potato
Theo's Chicken Wrap
Jacket Potato
Grab & Go (Cold) Sandwich, Wraps or BaguettesSandwich, Wraps or BaguettesSandwich, Wraps or BaguettesSandwich, Wraps or BaguettesSandwich, Wraps or Baguettes

Biometric Finger Recognition Cashless Catering System

At Dawlish Community College we operate a biometric cashless catering system that utilises the latest fingerprint recognition technology. Unique features of a fingerprint are extracted from a scanned image and converted into a biometric template. This is then converted into a number, which is checked against the template each time a student places his/her finger on the till scanner. All schools have a legal duty to obtain written consent from a parent or carer before students can be registered on this system.

We use a similar system called “Oliver” which permits students to borrow library books from our Learning Resources Centre.

Students’ biometric catering accounts are recharged by parents/carers paying into the college and students then purchase food and drinks at the till by placing their forefinger on the scanner, which will automatically take the value off their account.

Recharging Biometric Cashless Catering Accounts

Parents put credit onto students’ accounts by paying on-line, via your ParentMail account by card or PayPal, or by taking a barcode generated by the school to your local PayPoint. We can also take payments by card over the phone in extreme situations.

If you have any concerns or queries with the process please contact Mrs C Medland, Business Manager, via office@dawlish.devon.sch.uk or telephone 01626 862318. (For a list of local paypoint services in the local community, please click here)

Students can find out their current balance by asking the till operator.

The general daily spending limit is £4.00. Students’ limits may be varied if their parents/carers make a request, in writing, to the college stating their preferred spending limit to the nearest 25 pence (i.e. £3.75, £4.00, £4.25 etc.).

Free school meals

Students who receive free school meals will have their catering accounts automatically recharged by £2.30 every day – unspent balances are not carried forward to the next day.

Students may add their own money to their account, using online payments, cheque or cash.

Emergency Catering Loan Vouchers

A Catering Loan Voucher will be issued in emergencies only, (i.e. if a student has lost, misplaced or forgotten their cash or cheque and has no credit on their account. Vouchers are provided, rather than cash, in order to ensure than the student can only use it for food and drink.

To obtain a voucher, which will allow a maximum spend of £4.00, students:

i. Must go to the Student Office Hatch and ask for a Catering Loan Voucher.
ii. Will be asked to sign a form and will be issued with a numbered voucher.
iii. After selecting food, give the voucher to the till operator, who will enter the total spent and retain the voucher.

Students should make a note of the cost, because they are expected to repay it to the Student Office Hatch on the next school-day.

Student Office staff will continue to call students to the hatch until they have repaid loans.