A college that opened its doorways for the primary time this week has been blasted for less than serving vegetarian meals at lunch time and banning different meals from residence.
The Swan School in Summertown, Oxford, has been criticised by one mother or father who stated her daughter was ‘left hungry’ after her first days.
Options on the menu embrace lentil lasagne, minted pea and feta frittata and Quorn sausage and potato bake.
There are a couple of meat and fish choices accessible for snacks at break time, however throughout lunch the canteen is strictly vegetarian.
The mom who complained stated: ‘I’ve heard that a whole lot of youngsters have been very hungry as nicely – there ought to be choice at supper time [to] eat meat. I’ve by no means recognized a faculty to be like this.’
The Swan School opened to its first cohort of about 100 pupils on Monday and will educate 1,260 pupils when it’s full.
Headteacher Kay Wood stated: ‘We have chosen to serve vegetarian meals at lunchtimes for 3 predominant causes.
‘Firstly, it permits us to serve higher high quality meals for a similar cash. Secondly, there are large environmental and sustainability advantages.
‘Most importantly, it allows students of all faiths and different dietary requirements to eat together.’
She additionally confused the choice to present vegetarian meals isn’t a judgement of those that do eat meat.
Ms Wood added: ‘Packed lunches are not banned because the students might bring in meat – we don’t permit them as a result of we would like all the youngsters and employees to eat collectively and interact at lunchtime.
‘Everyone is working actually laborious to make certain the meals is scrumptious and nutritious.
‘It goes without saying that we are committed to making sure students are not hungry – we offer free breakfast every day for all students.’
Pupils can get free porridge within the morning and should buy wholesome snacks at break time, however they aren’t allowed to usher in another meals.
Opposing educational analysis has been revealed just lately concerning the well being impression of vegan and vegetarian diets.
However, outstanding environmental campaigners and even movie star chef Jamie Oliver have praised colleges for shunning meat.
Speaking final week about his new present, Meat-Free Meals, Mr Oliver stated: ‘The idea of schools going veggie is a brilliant idea – it would save loads of money.’