School continues to provide free meals during half term

The Wensleydale School.

A Richmondshire school has decided to keep helping struggling parents feed their children over the half term break.

The Wensleydale School is to top up parents’ Co-op gift cards, which are used by families on free school meals because the school’s catering service has not operated since schools reopened.

The school has announced the move despite the Government voting against a campaign for those on free school meals to continue getting support over the school holiday, which was launched by footballer Marcus Rashford.

Head Julia Polley said in a message to parents: “I have taken the decision to keep the free school meals Co-op cards in place during this half term holiday.

“They will be topped up on Monday, October 26.

“The Government has not changed its stance on free school meals during holidays, but we will see how things develop.”

Mrs Polley added: “We made the decision as it seemed the right thing to do.”


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