THAME: Free grub’s up for school pupils

Pupils at Haddenham St Marys School enjoy their free school meals - the national initiative starts this week
Pupils at Haddenham St Marys School enjoy their free school meals - the national initiative starts this week

Schoolchildren across Bucks will be eating healthier at lunchtimes after a national initiative to bring in free school meals for infants was rolled out this week.

Among the schools to have benefited is Haddenham St Mary’s, where they have had almost 100% take-up of the meals.

Headteacher Karen Collett said: “The free school meals have gone down really well so far – 101 pupils have taken advantage and we’ve had just one opting out.”

In September last year, Haddenham St Mary’s was providing no school meals.

Although the school’s new kitchen is not likely to be ready until the October half-term, a temporary solution has been found thanks to the Children’s Food Trust and LACA’s (Lead Association for Catering in Education).

Haddenham-based catering firm Kirsty’s Kitchen is currently supplying home-cooked, nutritious food ahead of the new kitchen opening.