Pirate FM News

School Dinner Wait

School Dinners: Bodriggy Academy

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:52am 11th September 2014



Children who go to at least two Cornish schools are not getting hot dinners.

All five to seven year olds are supposed to be having free lunches.

But more than 116 across the Duchy have had to get the builders in over the summer.

And some still are not ready ... meaning pupils are getting sandwiches instead.

Peter Grigg from The Children's Society wants the scheme extended: "So many miss out because of eligibility criteria which means that for, whatever reason, often that their parents are working too many hours, but they're still in low income households, they're still missing out on free meals.

"For many children, thousands of children in poverty, one free school meal a day is probably the only nutritional meal they will get that day so it's a critical part of their health and wellbeing and them being able to get on in education."

Andrew Wallis from the council says it is a great idea but the government did not think it through: "It's resulted in having to do all this extra work and being underfunded, to deliver this project. That's been the headache. The idea is good. The implementation of it ... it's caused us a lot of trouble.

"I would like it to be expanded to Key Stage Two. Having a nutritious meal at school increases learning, attention and everything else. So I think it's a good idea. I just don't think it was particularly thought out well when it was implemented."

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

WATCH: The kids left home alone in the school holidays

Cornwall News: The NSPCC's urging parents to ask six questions first

Cost to educate excluded school children rises

Cornwall News: This is how much it's costing Cornwall

Trending in Cornwall

LIVE: Car crash leaves Westminster on lockdown

Man questioned on suspicion of terror offences

Man dies after a 'freak accident' in Cornish woods

Police confirm he was struck by a tree at Tehidy

Robbery at jewellers in Penzance town centre

Items were stolen and police are searching for the suspect

PHOTOS: Abusive messages left on poorly parked car

Dead fish and dog poo were also left on the vehicle in St Ives

WATCH: The Red Arrows return to Falmouth

Check this full guide to travel and the best views

WATCH: Britain's Got Talent is back in Cornwall

This could be your time to shine...

Man treated by paramedics after an A38 crash

Police say a digger hit the barrier near Liskeard

Homes being built faster in Cornwall than anywhere else

Around 2,500 houses are being built here every year

New tracker to tackle bed-blocking in Cornwall

Around 20 patients a day are waiting to leave wards

WATCH: Boy who fell from pier was 'chasing a seagull'

The youngster was airlifted to hospital from Looe

More news...

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall