MORE Derbyshire school children are choosing to eat school meals than at any time in the last five years.
Since TV chef Jamie Oliver’s campaigning prompted new Government nutritional guidelines on school meals in 2006, national take-up has declined by 5.8 per cent in primary schools and 4.9 per cent in secondary schools.
However, figures for Derbyshire during the 2010-11 academic year show the highest percentage of children having school meals in both primary and secondary schools since new national indicators were introduced in 2005-06.
In 2005/06 primary take-up was 46.4 per cent and fell to 42.6 per cent in 2008/09 – but in 2010/11 it was 46.5 per cent. In 2005/06 secondary take-up was 41.7 per cent and fell to 37.9 per cent in 2008/09 and in 2010/11 it was 42.2 per cent.
In primary schools parents have been invited to join their children for lunch to see how school meals have improved.