Creative Solution Found For Off-Island Free School Meals

school 2 2014The Five Islands School has found a creative solution to providing free school lunches for Key Stage 1 pupils.

The islands’ award-winning fish and chip shop will make daily deliveries on St Martin’s.

Youngsters across England have become entitled to complimentary meals from the start of this term.

Head teacher Linda Todd says that’s not been a problem for St Mary’s pupils, because of the good catering facilities at the new Carn Gwaval site, but the off-islands’ provision has required some thought and discussion.

If parents don’t want to take up their entitlement then the school doesn’t need to make arrangements and that’s been the case at the Tresco and St Agnes bases.

But parents of the three eligible children attending St Martin’s school base wanted their children to receive the meals.

Linda says she’s pleased that they’ve reached an agreement with Adam’s Fish and Chips.

Adam will be following a similar menu to that provided for St Mary’s pupils. Linda was keen to point out that it won’t always be fish and chips, even though she says that might disappoint the children.

The Department of Education sent an official to visit the islands to understand our unique challenges in meeting the requirements of the new legislation.

Linda says they’re happy with the arrangements and feels the school has done well compared to many on the mainland who still aren’t providing the meals.

They’ve allowed a slight delay for the St Martin’s meals to start in November.

But if there’s future demand on the off-islands, that could present a challenge, as some catering businesses don’t operate over the winter, says Linda.