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School Goes Meatless As Part Of Plans To Improve Mental Health

A school in Devon has removed meat from its menu as part of a transformation following shocking Ofstead reports.


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A school in Devon has removed meat from its menu as part of a transformation following shocking Ofstead reports.

Avanti Hall School in Exeter now serves entirely vegetarian meals to its students.

‘Dysfunctional at every level’

The Avanti Hall Trust took the previously Steiner Academy over after an investigation found it was ‘dysfunctional at every level’, according to a Devon Live report.

The college now focuses on mindfulness and includes activities such as yoga and outdoor learning.

Climate focus

Principal, Phil Arnold, told Devon Live: “The goal is to give opportunities for the children to be as successful as they can be.

“In the current climate [spiritual insight] is highly important for young people. 

“It’s about mindfulness, mental health, and the environment and climate.”

‘Family atmosphere’

Part of Avanti Hall’s ethos is providing nutritious and tasty meals. The staff often eat with students to create a ‘family atmosphere’.

Items on the menu include butternut squash curry, dahl, vegetable moussaka, and homemade pizzas.

Avanti Hall School claims its focus is to offer nutritious and meatless meals for students

Schools ditching meat

More schools around the globe are moving towards favouring plant-based meals.

A council in Brighton agreed to consider increasing plant-based options for pupils following a mother’s pleas.

Moreover, Scotland is offering more vegan meals to become more environmentally friendly.

In New York, processed meats have been banned from public schools – and Brooklyn Borough President insisted they ‘go further’.

Over 70 per cent of elementary schools in France now offer meatless meals at least once a week. They are law-ordered to do so.

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Emily Baker

Emily is a journalist based in Devon, where she reports on issues affecting local people from politics to the environment. She has also written features on feminism for Polyester Magazine.

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Tommy Peters
Tommy Peters
1 year ago

.. “at least once a week” and because “they are law-ordered to do so”? A condescending move but a positive one nonetheless. These children are beautiful, teaching us adults a thing or two about violence against our beautiful non-humans. Now, only if schools could set-aside animal dairy, our beautiful calfs that are denied mother’s milk will have a warm Christmas!

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