Less than a third of Worcestershire primary schools have kitchens

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LESS than a third of primary schools in Worcestershire have their own kitchen.

Only 50 of 181 first, primary or special schools and academies have their own kitchens.

The other 131 do not have a full kitchen.

The figures were revealed by Worcestershire County Council after concerns were raised about how schools will cope with the government's plan to offer all infants a free school meal from September.

However, the council said 126 of the 131 schools without a kitchen have some form of serving facilities so hot meals can be transported in via outside caterers.

Only five Worcestershire schools have no facilities to offer any kind of hot meal.

However, the government has not ruled out some schools providing a packed lunch rather than a hot meal.

From September schools must offer a free lunch to all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 but some schools have questioned whether the infrastructure is in place to allow this to happen.

All county schools have been asked to explain how they would deliver the meals and whether they want to bid for capital money to improve kitchens and dining facilities with the council currently assessing these bids.

A council spokesman said the majority of schools were requesting some additional equipment with most intending to use external caterers to provide the meals.

As we reported previously, Julie Farr, headteacher of Bishop Perowne CE Performing Arts College, which provides hot meals to St George's CofE primary and St Barnabas CofE primary, has called for funding issues to be resolved.

She said Bishop Perowne CE Performing Arts College will need a new £14,000 oven to help prepare the 400 extra meals it will need to provide to its primaries.

However she also pointed out other equipment was required such as a hot counter at one of the schools and all primary schools will need extra items such as plates and cutlery and somewhere to store them.

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8:38pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Old Uncle says...

Health inspections, cockroaches, mice, salmonella, sweetheart deals, healthy food that no one will eat.
Why do all these things come to mind?
Health inspections, cockroaches, mice, salmonella, sweetheart deals, healthy food that no one will eat. Why do all these things come to mind? Old Uncle
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10:40pm Sat 19 Apr 14

daffy says...

mothers/fathers shouldn't be surprised by this, only people with children not in school will be surprised by this. those without kitchens have their food bought in, wonder about the safety of the food in these cases. at the end of the day it comes down to room available, after all why do you think most secondary school children do not take coats to schools - it's because they gotta carry them around all day - those with lockers available find they get broken into too often and are then removed from schools
mothers/fathers shouldn't be surprised by this, only people with children not in school will be surprised by this. those without kitchens have their food bought in, wonder about the safety of the food in these cases. at the end of the day it comes down to room available, after all why do you think most secondary school children do not take coats to schools - it's because they gotta carry them around all day - those with lockers available find they get broken into too often and are then removed from schools daffy
  • Score: 2

12:29am Sun 20 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

I watched Vince Cable trying to defend this unthought through mad cap scheme . And having some knowledge of catering, I see Cable and Clegg having no knowledge of what comercial Kitchens cost to purchase and install, or the numbers of staff required to operate them. Now we read that they never intended to fund such a scheme but schools can apply for funding.
I understood that in most areas which are not CONservative controlled that the schools are desperately trying to make their funding go around. Here in Worcestershire although currently under CONservative control education-wise, our schools / education have been under funded per pupil for years. So where will they get money for catering faciliies?
Just another idiotic politcal gimmick from the LIB/LAB/DEM/TORIES, hoping to scrounge votes, as they fade into the polical sunset.
I watched Vince Cable trying to defend this unthought through mad cap scheme . And having some knowledge of catering, I see Cable and Clegg having no knowledge of what comercial Kitchens cost to purchase and install, or the numbers of staff required to operate them. Now we read that they never intended to fund such a scheme but schools can apply for funding. I understood that in most areas which are not CONservative controlled that the schools are desperately trying to make their funding go around. Here in Worcestershire although currently under CONservative control education-wise, our schools / education have been under funded per pupil for years. So where will they get money for catering faciliies? Just another idiotic politcal gimmick from the LIB/LAB/DEM/TORIES, hoping to scrounge votes, as they fade into the polical sunset. Jabbadad
  • Score: 2

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