School slammed for ‘pathetic’ £3.50 Christmas lunch ‘like something from Oliver Twist’


Photos of the measly-looking lunch given to students at Steyning Grammar School in West Sussex, were shared online with some furious parents complaining it was like ‘something from Oliver Twist’

The £3.50 Christmas lunch
The £3.50 Christmas lunch

A school has sparked fury by serving a Christmas lunch consisting of a tiny piece of turkey and stuffing in a bap with a single pig in blanket and mini roll.

Photos of the measly-looking £3.50 meal given to students at Steyning Grammar School in West Sussex, were shared online with some furious parents complaining it was like “something from Oliver Twist”.

One angry parent said that their dog “eats better for half the price” while another slammed it as “pathetic”, adding that the school should “hang their heads in shame”.

A very similar looking Christmas lunch was also served up at the nearby Bohunt Academy in Worthing.

Both schools are part of the Bohunt multi-academy trust.

One angry parent said that their dog ‘eats better for half the price’
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The school has since offered an apology and a refund to students who called the offering “rubbish” and “gross, cold and soggy”.

The meal has been blamed on supply chain issues and Covid-related staff shortages.

Dad Adrian Davey shared a photo on Facebook saying: “This is the #christmasdinner that Bohunt Education Trust Bohunt School charged us £3.50 for…

“It’s like something from Oliver Twist, I wonder what the management are eating?”

The meal has been blamed on supply chain issue
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Another parent wrote: “My two boys had their Christmas Lunch at school today and got served this…… Bohunt Education Trust is this acceptable and worth £3.50 each?

“I emailed the school this morning and have since spoken to one of the heads and a full refund has been given. They apologised and said it was down to shortages in the kitchen due to staff isolating.

Dad Adrian Davey posted a photo on Facebook
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“I’m not a happy dad this evening… it tasted awful apparently.”

He added that he “wouldn’t give it to his dog” and that his “pets eat better”.

Another parent wrote: “That’s disgraceful. They should have been too embarrassed to serve that.”

While woman said: “A 99p hamburger from McDonald’s would have been a better bet!”

The school has offered students a refund
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Mum Melanie Leogue told Mid Sussex Times : “The children had nothing last year and it’s a shame the school did not make more of an effort for them as they have had it so tough.”

The school initially defended the meal and offered no refunds.

But associate headteacher Natasha Nicol later apologised for the meal in a letter sent to parents.

The pics sparked outrage on social media
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She said: “As you might be aware, the Christmas lunch menu yesterday was not of the standard that we would want or expect at SGS.

“Due to a combination of unforeseen supply chain issues and Covid-related staffing shortages, our planned offer was affected at very short notice.

“I would like to unreservedly apologise for this situation.”

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