Hot dinners to make a return after 20 years

Long Buckby Junior School, is re introducing hot dinners, after having a new kitchen delivered. A taster evening, for pupils and parents took place on Tuesday 24th April.'Pictured is George Plant ( 11 ) & Sue Underwood '( School Meals Manager )
Long Buckby Junior School, is re introducing hot dinners, after having a new kitchen delivered. A taster evening, for pupils and parents took place on Tuesday 24th April.'Pictured is George Plant ( 11 ) & Sue Underwood '( School Meals Manager )
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A VILLAGE school is getting set to reintroduce hot school dinners to its pupils for the first time in more than 20 years.

Long Buckby Junior School has taken delivery of a new kitchen ready to serve up dinners after the May Bank Holiday.

To introduce the new menu to pupils and parents the school held a tasting evening on Monday evening.

Parent Nigel Osborn said: “For some parents, particularly those who work, they can struggle to find the time to cook a proper meal for their children every day.

“This way they can have one at school.”

As the old kitchens no longer exist, a new kitchen pod was craned onto the site.

Sue Underwood, school food manager for the area, said: “All the menus are analysed to make sure they meet the Government standard for things like calories, salt, sugar, fat and vitamins.

“It’s prepared off site at a central location and brought in frozen. We then heat it up to the right temperature.”

The kitchen is capable of producing up to 120 meals per day at £2 a head.

The project is part of a drive by the county council to get schools providing hot food, and several locally now have similar arrangements.

Headteacher Tony Cox said: “It’s good, especially in cold weather, to have the hot food, and it gives the children the energy for the afternoon’s learning.”

For those who receive free meals it’s also a big bonus as before they only got sandwich bags.