AN MP dropped in for lunch at a local primary school to see how it is coping with the demands of a new Government initiative on pupils’ meals.
Eric Ollerenshaw, the Lancaster and Fleetwood MP, visited Scorton CE Primary School near Garstang on Friday, to see how the school is implementing the new ‘free school dinners for all infants’ policy.
Scorton, along with Calder Vale St John’s CE Primary, is having meals made and delivered by local business The Barn at Scorton, due to a lack of kitchen facilities.
Shortage of space at Scorton means that in order to turn their classroom into a temporary dining room pupils have to move out.
Headteacher Helen Hesketh said it gives the pupils an opportunity to go to church. She explained: “We have worked with the local business community to put the infant meals initiative into place. The children and parents are able to have some input into our menu and so far the take up of school meals is 100 per cent. Pupils enjoy a delicious, healthy and hot school dinner each day.”
But she also noted: “This has been a welcome but difficult initiative to put in place in a very short time frame.
“We are fortunate we’ve been able to find a provider literally across the road so we can support our community and our community can support us.”
Mr Ollerenshaw said: “In my view the policy may be right, but it was one of those things that was brought in too quickly and too little account was taken of smaller rural schools and we’re now trying to pick up the pieces.”