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The Sheffield Star recently reported on more building work carried out at the rapidly developing Catholic School in Hackenthorpe.

“Youngsters at a Sheffield primary school will no longer have to carry their lunch down the corridor – after it secured cash for a new kitchen.  Currently, pupils at St John Fisher Catholic Academy, in Hackenthorpe, have to walk with their food from the kitchen to their eating area.  However, plans have now been drawn up for a new facility as part of the dining room – and work is expected to be complete by September.

The refurbishment will also help meet demand for more school dinners, as all under-sevens will be able to have a free lunch from the next academic year.  Delia Evans, deputy headteacher at the Spring Water Avenue school, said, “The pupils are excited about the new kitchen.  We have had some misses with food as they come around the corner, so it will be a lot easier.”

Year 1 pupils at St John Fisher School, Hackenthorpe take a close look at the plans for the new kitchen at the school.  L/r Jack Oadley (six), Christian Adusei (five), Aleksander Jasinski (six), Noor Khan (six) and Millie Taylor (five).  Picture: Malcolm BillinghamSt John Fisher has its meals brought in from another school and the new kitchen will continue with that arrangement, so does not require ovens.  The £104,000 from the Education Funding Agency will be used to create a larger, more modern kitchen for serving the meals.

From September, all infant school pupils in the country will be able to have free lunches, with the aim of giving children a healthy start in life.  Mrs Evans said about 90 children in Reception, Year One and Year Two at St John Fisher would be entitled to the free meals.

She said, “The new kitchen will mainly be a bigger space to cater for the extra pupils and we hope more modern too.””

Pupils from St John Fisher are pictured taking a close look at the plans for the new kitchen.

Photograph:  Malcolm Billingham, courtesy of The Star.