Trinity Catholic School pupils get to ‘Meet and Eat’ as part of school’s new facilities

Secondary school pupils in Leamington Spa are enjoying a new concept in school catering that enables them to relax with their friends and fill up on some fresh, healthy food on their lunch time break.

School caterers, Educaterers, have worked with Trinity Catholic School in the town to introduce a ‘Meet and Eat’ facility – the first to launch in Warwickshire – which, rather than being like a traditional school canteen, let’s pupils enjoy their lunch time in a high street food court style environment.

Food can be eaten either seated with friends in a contemporary style dining room setting, or on the go, with breakfast, mid-morning break and lunch choices available.

On offer each school day are a selection of healthy, freshly prepared meals developed with current eating trends in mind ~ such as Nacho Hot Dogs, Chicken Gyros Flatbreads, and Maple Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings.

With a growing number of young people choosing a vegetarian lifestyle, there are lots of vegetarian options available too, such as Proper Cornish Vegetable Pasties, Falafel Flatbreads with Beetroot and Cucumber Raita and Vegetable Burrito Bakes with fresh salad.

Favourites such as ‘pizza of the day’, jacket potatoes and hot pasta pots are available every day.

A pre-order system and biometric cashless payment means busy students can avoid queues with no need to carry cash. Parents also get to see their children’s food choices each day.

Background music that you would find in any modern retail environment is played, creating a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere for students to socialise while enjoying a bite to eat and a break from their busy school day.

It has created a fast, efficient service that has made the Educaterers ‘Meet and Eat’ concept popular with pupils, parents and the school.

Terry Tredget, Director of Catering at Educaterers said: “We were delighted to work with Trinity Catholic School to develop our first ‘Meet and Eat’ facility. We’ve designed it to support students enjoying downtime with their friends during a busy school day – so they can choose from healthy, nutritious foods and drinks from our freshly prepared menus.”

Following its success at Trinity Catholic School, ‘Meet and Eat’ will be rolled out to five more Warwickshire secondary schools this year.