New free school dinners declared a huge success

Children at St Peter's CofE Primary School take part in the new free school meals scheme.
Children at St Peter's CofE Primary School take part in the new free school meals scheme.
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Children at a Heysham school have given a big thumbs up to their new free school dinners.

Their glowing report from pupils at St Peter’s CE Primary came after the Government introduced free school meals for four to seven-year-olds.

National trials of free school lunches for Key Stage 1 pupils has achieved an uptake of about 87 per cent and in Lancashire the figure is expected to be the same or higher.

David McPartlin, head at St Peter’s, said that at his school, 95 infants were now having school meals compared to 66 last year.

Mr McPartlin also said the number of juniors having school dinners instead of packed lunches had jumped from 60 to 80, even though the older children were still having to pay £2 per meal.

He said: “This may be because some families have two children at the school, one in the infants and one in the juniors, or because the word is getting out about how good the meals are.”

Choices throughout the week at St Peter’s include chicken pie or Quorn and sweet potato curry, tomato and mascarpone pasta, gammon steak, and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.

Desserts, fresh fruit and yoghurt are also on the menu.