Primary fails in bid for kitchen extension funds
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.”
Godington school head Jim Holditch