Hi, just had mail form school stating that the Governers were planning to ditch the local authority provided meals (costing £2 per day) in favour of larger portions and higher quality ingredients from a private supplier and therefore daily costs of meals would "rise appropriatley".
Can they do this ? Are Governers given the power to decide the cost of school meals in a normal state school?
We can't afford more but have family income of £20k so don't qualify for free meals. Thanks for your thoughts.
2.10 a day here IIRC. School have to maintain the kitchen equipment and pay for catering out of school budget. not cheap. I suspect that school are in fact subsiding the school meals and 2.10 is not a true cost. Its a small school and there are not so many economies of scale. A dishwasher to wash 100 settings costs the same as one to wash 500.
Our are £2.10 but are mostly pretty good (though have been patchy this last week of term, I suspect they are clearing stock cupboards). Big enough portions too, with either seconds or extra fruit/salad always available.
Never sure with the school lunches whether the DCs have eaten enough to warrant not cooking for them in the evenings. £2.10 a day is a bit steep when you consider that's over £30 per week for three children, and what I can make for that at home. We stick with packed lunches and have a good routine going in the morning to make them.
Thanks so much - I'm off to Durham then ! We are £2 at the moment (Hampshire) so anticipate being £2.20 or so in September. Good to know this is something that would be in the Governers' remit as there is a (play-ground gossip/rumour) that one of the Governer's would be involved in the private company they are considering out-sourcing to. But they have sent home a questionaire for parents' views which is considerate. Thanks again and have a fab summer everyone !!
Governers have to declare pecuniary interest (a financial benefit of the subject being proposed), so if there were a Governor who had a financial stake in the supply of food, they would have had to leave the room during discussions about meal provision, and would not have had the opportunity to take the vote.