Hot meals will be on the menu at Bourne Abbey Primary Academy

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HOT school meals will be on the menu in a primary school next term.

Pupils at Bourne Abbey Primary Academy will be able to tuck into meals cooked in an on-site kitchen.

They currently have to take packed lunches to school.

It had been hoped the meals would be served from September.

But the kitchen is not quite complete and negotiations with a catering firm broke down before the start of term.

Since then the school and Lincolnshire County Council have worked together to line up a new supplier, Food 4 Thought, to provide school dinners.

The caterers will attend a parents’ evening for reception pupils next week to allow parents to sample their food.

Headteacher Cherry Edwards hopes that the school will be in a position to be serving hot meals to the pupils by term two, which starts on November 6.

Mrs Edwards said: “We don’t let grass grow under our feet here her at Bourne Abbey Primary Academy and we were quickly on to the local authority to resolve the issue, and they have been excellent at responding quickly.

“We are looking forward to being able to provide hot meals for our pupils from our kitchen.”

Mrs Edwards said changing contractors has not had a huge impact because the kitchen was not ready.

She said parents have continued to be supportive.

Director of Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council, Debbie Barnes said the other contractor “had reluctantly decided to withdraw from the tenders to supply school meals from the kitchen facilities at Gonerby Hill Foot and Bourne Abbey Primary Academy schools”.

She added: “This is due to a number of reasons including continued delays over planning, land leases and contract issues.

“The contractor is incredibly disappointed to have had to make the decision as they no longer feel this kitchen provides a sustainable business model.

“However, we are pleased to announce that Food 4 Thought have stepped in to plug the gap and will be providing school meals from the kitchen at Bourne Abbey in October.

“We look forward to seeing school meals being provided from these schools for the benefit of the children and young people.”