Grub’s up thanks to £2.5m grant

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PUPILS and par­ents tucked in at the launch of a new din­ing room as part of a £2.5m school ex­ten­sion.

Parkroyal Com­mu­nity School, on Lyon Street, Mac­cles­field won £2.5m of govern­ment fund­ing for new build­ings be­cause it is over­sub­scribed and has not enough space.

The work in­cludes a new din­ing hall and kitchen which have now opened.

Staff in­vited fam­i­lies to a launch to visit the fa­cil­i­ties and taste the food.

The school has taken on its own cater­ing, so em­ploys staff to do the cook­ing and the chil­dren play a part in de­sign­ing the menus.

Caron Cor­den, head­teacher, said it gives an op­por­tu­nity to choose lo­cal pro­duce and teach the chil­dren about where food comes from.

She said: “We do ev­ery­thing our­selves now so any money we get for meals goes back into get­ting high qual­ity pro­duce.

“It feels more like a bistro and it’s great to be able to in­volve the chil­dren in plan­ning the meals.

“The ben­e­fits of bring­ing the cater­ing in-house in­clude giv­ing us more con­trol over menu and sup­pli­ers and en­sur­ing all aspects of food and nutri­tion in school pro­mote the health and well­be­ing of the school com­mu­nity.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Pupils show off some of the food pro­duced in the new kitchen at Parkroyal Com­mu­nity School

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