Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Five-star school meals

Nearly 95 per cent of West Sussex primary schools examined so far have been handed a food hygiene rating of five out of five.

That is from the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme which found 87 of the 95 primary schools visited in the county to have kitchens with ‘very good’ standards.

The remaining eight also received a ‘good’ rating of four out of five.

John Figgins, County Council Catering Service Manager responsible for school dinners, said: “It is fantastic to see our schools achieving such high standards.

“It means pupils and their parents can be assured that their meals are being served in clean, safe environments.

“Our school lunches are a healthy and tasty option for children, ensuring they can enjoy a balanced and nutritious meal.”

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by local authorities in England with the Food Standards Agency and it shows how closely food hygiene law is being met.

District environmental health officers inspect how hygienically food is being handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored – as well as the condition of the buildings and how businesses manage and record their actions.

The ratings are then published on the Food Standards Agency website.

Peter Griffiths, County Council Cabinet Member who is responsible for Education and Schools, said: “This is excellent news.

“It proves we can continue to be proud of the meal service delivered to schools.

“I am sure parents will welcome this information and the reassurance it will provide them.”

Meanwhile, children in the county still have time to get their own creation on next year’s five-star menu as part of a Sussex Day-inspired competition.

The contest, run by the County Council with its catering contractor Chartwells – which provides hot meals to West Sussex primary schools – is looking for pupils to take part.

To find out more about school meals, or to download an entry form for the competition, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk

To find out more about the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, visit www.food.gov.uk