Worcestershire County Council has revealed how many schools within its territory have their own kitchens following concerns over how it would cope with the government’s plan to offer all infants a free meal from September.
It confirmed that just 50 out of 181 first, primary or special schools and academies — around 28% of the total — have their own kitchens. The remaining 131 do not have a full kitchen.
However, the council has attempted to appease concerns by stating that 126 of the 131 schools without a kitchen have some form of serving facilities, so hot meals can be transported in via outside caterers.
Only five Worcestershire schools have no facilities to offer any kind of hot meal, according to the Worcester News, which reported the figures.
A council spokesman told it that the majority of schools had requested some additional equipment from the kitchen refurbishment budget allocated by the government, with most intending to use external caterers to provide the meals.