‘Jamie Oliver school’ is panned over grub again

Ofsted has slated Rawmarsh School again over the grub.
Ofsted has slated Rawmarsh School again over the grub.

A SCHOOL that hit the headlines five years ago over “healthy eating”, has been panned by Ofsted inspectors... on the same subject!

Food guru Jamie Oliver cooked up a storm when he tried to instil healthy lunch menus at Rawmarsh Community School.

Some parents – who became known as “sinner ladies” – felt the food was TOO healthy, and fed their kids daily chips through the school railings!

The school became national news as the then headteacher John Lambert defended new menu choices, and the fact that pupils were forced to stay on school grounds at lunchtimes.

Now, an Ofsted report compiled about the school recently claims students exercise well, but are not so clued-up about healthy diets. Inspectors found that “the culture of adopting healthy lifestyles had undergone some change over recent years”.

And they noted that younger pupils, rather than those closer in age to the Jamie Oliver intake, were “more aware of the importance of the right sort of lifestyle”.

They said: “The school is aware of this issue and is in the process of upgrading its catering facilities”, while mentioning a ‘very small minority’ of students bringing sugary fizzy drinks into school.

The school – a sports college – has hit the headlines again in recent weeks as teachers staged several days of industrial action over planned redundancies.

But although the report acknowledged there was ‘inevitably some effect on learning’ from this, they noted the numerous steps taken to ensure pupils could continue to study.

Very few parents – just 1.5 per cent – responded to the Ofsted questionnaire, and of those, views of the school were mixed.

The school gained “satisfactory” overall ratings in the inspection, but is seen to be improving steadily. Several recommendations were made.

But pupils’ behaviour in general was found to be “exemplary”.

One strength was sport, and popular extra-curricular activities were noted.

Maths attainment is improving but needs more attention and lower ability students need closer monitoring, said the report.

The school is seen to have clear objectives and has a strong pastoral system. Students make “satisfactory” progress during their time in school with attainment rising year on year.