New kitchen means fresher meals for Garden Primary

Parents will have an opportunity to sample the healthy, fresh food now available from Garden Primary’s new school kitchen facilities this Friday 19 September.

The new kitchen, an investment of more than £219,000, is five times the size of the school’s previous kitchen and features a new servery and new ovens that both cook and steam food, providing healthier options for school meals.

The school started serving hot, fresh meals to pupils this week and on Friday, at the school’s official open day, parents will have a chance to look around the new kitchen facilities while sampling some of the many tasty meals on offer to their children in the coming term.

Garden Primary School’s head teacher, Jan Peek says: “The facilities are fantastic and offer state of the art technology with bright, clean and cheery spaces that are perfect for the children to relax in while enjoying their meals at lunchtime.

“Before the new kitchen, food was delivered from another school and heated up on arrival. Our cooks did a good job with what they had but now children are served hot food from the kitchen that is cooked on site so the food is much fresher and there is a wider choice available.”

Councillor Debbie Shears, cabinet member for children’s services says: “The council is committed to the every child matters outcome of keeping children healthy. In recent years we have made significant improvements to primary and special school meals in Merton.

“Five years ago, few school dinners were cooked on site and now more than 40 school kitchens in Merton have been built or upgraded to cook fresh food on school grounds.
We’re looking forward to seeing all schools in Merton offering healthy school meals that are cooked freshly on site for pupils within the next two years.”