School meals are a big hit

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SCHOOL meals are proving a big hit with secondary school pupils in Angus.

Statistics show that, of all the mainland authorities, Angus has the highest uptake of school meals in Scotland at secondary school. This success story is thanks to a number of innovative projects to encourage pupils to stay in school at lunchtime.

At Forfar Academy, a consultation exercise was undertaken to find out what pupils thought of school meals.

As a result of feedback, it was suggested a snack bar would be introduced in the school grounds. This has helped to alleviate large queues within the dining area and to offer a fast snack service option for pupils and staff.

The outlet was named by pupil ballot Meet ‘N’ Eat and has proved to be a big success with the meal uptake figures at Forfar Academy increasing by 12% compared to the previous year.

Education convener Peter Nield: “As well as the nutritional benefits that a balanced meal can provide, it has also been shown that eating well and drinking enough water can help improve concentration in class.

“I am delighted that efforts to promote school meals are paying off and that more and more Angus pupils are enjoying balanced and value for money meals.”