Pri­mary fails in bid for kitchen ex­ten­sion funds

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Vicky Cas­tle vcas­tle@thek­m­ @vick­y­castleKM

The head teacher of an Ash­ford pri­mary has spo­ken of his dis­ap­point­ment at not se­cur­ing a govern­ment grant to ex­tend the school kitchen – despite be­ing over­run with re­quests for school meals.

Jim Holditch, head of God­in­ton Pri­mary, which is now an acad­emy, had ap­plied to the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion for fund­ing to ex­tend the hall and kitchen.

Mr Holditch said the govern­ment’s free school meals ini­tia­tive had put a higher de­mand on the Lock­holt Close school’s kitchen.

But the bid was re­jected and the school’s ex­pan­sion plans have been halted.

He said: “Our kitchen team are now pro­duc­ing an av­er­age of 250 meals a day, which is fab­u­lous and a tes­ta­ment to how good the food is here.

“But the kitchen is now work­ing far in ex­cess of its ca­pac­ity and we des­per­ately need it to be en­larged.”

Mr Holditch ex­plained that the school would ap­ply for fund­ing again in Novem­ber.

He added: “A ma­jor­ity of the suc­cess­ful bids came from schools re­quest­ing money for main­te­nance projects, such as up­dat­ing boil­ers or repairing roofs.

“It would ap­pear that funds for the ac­tual im­prove­ment of schools have been re­stricted.

“Our long-term goal is to have a kitchen and hall, which will al­low us to pro­duce as many meals as are re­quired and to serve them in just two sittings.

“We will keep work­ing in or­der to achieve this.”

Pic­ture:Chris Davey

God­ing­ton school head Jim Holditch

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