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School dinner row meeting held
Parent handing the lunch orders over the school fence
Parents climb through an overgrown garden to make their deliveries
Parents who are opposed to the introduction of healthy meals at a South Yorkshire school have held a meeting with its deputy head teacher.

Some parents of Rawmarsh Comprehensive pupils have been taking orders for fish and chips and delivering it through the fence at the Rotherham school.

They said pupils were not being given enough time or choice for their meals.

After the meeting the parents said there would be more talks but refused to comment on what was discussed.

The parents had complained about the quality of the new healthy school meals and the fact students are not allowed out of the school grounds at lunchtime.

'Healthy' orders

They also say children do not have enough time to eat their lunch. From this term, pupils have been given two half hour breaks instead of the previous 15 and 45 minutes.

Julie Critchlow is one of the parents who met the school's deputy head teacher on Monday.

She said: "The children aren't eating what the school provide in the cafeteria because they don't like the quality of the food.

"They prefer to come to us to have their food delivered fresh and hot, which is what they're asking for. We're giving them what they're asking for."

Boxes of lunch orders
Parents say they have orders for salad rolls as well as burgers

Ms Critchlow said she was receiving orders for healthy jacket potatoes and salad sandwiches as well as burgers and fish and chips.

Head teacher John Lambert said he had agreed to meet the parents later this week.

He said: "I will meet and talk with the parents as long as is necessary because they are parents of this school.

"However the dialogue as it stands is really in terms of us persuading them of the effectiveness of the strategy we have put in place."

He said the school aimed to provide good quality food that helped pupils to concentrate in the afternoons and many parents were pleased with the new menu.

"I think we need to stand by the vast majority of parents who believe we are doing the right thing," he added.

See why the parents are unhappy

Parents feed pupils through gates
15 Sep 06 |  South Yorkshire


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