One school’s decision to ban sausage rolls and porkpies has sent parents into a spiral of outrage.
The Shirley Manor Primary Academy, near Bradford, started its healthy eating campaign at the start of the September term, and is threatening to ‘call up’ parents who pack lunch boxes with sausage rolls or pork pies after teachers banned a host of unhealthy snacks.
The school sent a letter out insisting that parents who pack their children’s lunches with prohibited items ‘will be called’ and the food confiscated until the end of the school day.
The letter sent out to inform families of the measure stated: ‘Pork pies, sausage rolls, pepperoni sticks are high in salt and saturated fat. These items should not be included in a pupil’s packed lunchbox. If found a parent will be called.
‘Desserts, cakes, biscuits and crisps: these foods are high in saturated fat, sugar and salt – too much of these foods can be harmful to health.
‘If a pupil has more than one of these items in their lunchbox they will be removed by staff and returned to the child at the end of the day.’
It’s worth also noting that squash, fizzy drinks and flavoured water, even if labelled ‘sugar free’, ‘no added sugar’ or ‘reduced sugar’ are also banned and the policy sets out they will be removed and given back at the end of the day if taken into school.
The Daily Mirror reported that one parent, Steve Fryer, fell victim to the school’s pastry cull, and slammed the policy as ‘ridiculous’.
Mr Fryer, 52, described his son as a fussy eater and said: ‘He was offered a ham sandwich.
‘He doesn’t like ham and ended up taking the ham out and putting his crisps in dry bread, as apparently they don’t have butter or margarine. I was furious.
‘The ban is ridiculous. Doctors have always said if they’re eating something then it’s better than nothing. Nanny state. Schools are there to teach, they’re not doctors, we are the parents.’
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The policy, led by government guidelines, says pupils are encouraged to show their packed lunches to a member of staff before and after they have eaten, especially in years one and two when students are aged between five and seven.
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