Youngsters at a Sheffield primary school will no longer have to carry their lunch down the corridor – after it secured cash for a new kitchen.
Currently, pupils at St John Fisher Catholic Academy, in Hackenthorpe, have to walk with their food from the kitchen to their eating area.
However, plans have now been drawn up for a new facility as part of the dining room – and work is expected to be complete by September.
The refurbishment will also help meet demand for more school dinners, as all under-sevens will be able to have a free lunch from the next academic year.
Delia Evans, deputy headteacher at the Spring Water Avenue school, said: “The pupils are excited about the new kitchen.
“We have had some misses with food as they come around the corner with trays, so it will be a lot easier.”
St John Fisher has its meals brought in from another school and the new kitchen will continue with that arrangement, so does not require ovens.
The £104,000 from the Education Funding Agency will be used to create a larger, more modern kitchen for serving the meals .
From September, all infant school pupils in the country will be able to have free lunches, with the aim of giving children a healthy start in life.
In Sheffield, however, some children will have to rely on a ‘meals on wheels’ service, because not every school has facilities for hot food, although Sheffield Council chiefs insist the scheme, introduced by Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg, will be fully implemented from September.
Mrs Evans said about 90 children in Reception, Year One and Year Two at St John Fisher would be entitled to the free meals.
She said: “The new kitchen will mainly be a bigger space to cater for the extra pupils and we hope more modern too.”