I'm furious after my daughter was served a miserable 'cardboard' slice of pizza for her school dinner – it's an outrage | The Sun
A MUM is furious after her daughter was served a miserable "cardboard" slice of pizza for her school dinner.
The mum, who didn't want to be named, posted a picture of the "sad" food and "tiny dessert" that was served at lunchtime.
Thornaby Academy in North Yorkshire, has come under fire after the woman said the food was too expensive for what it is.
She claims the pizza slice alone cost £1.65 and is a "monstrosity".
The single mum said she laughed at how bad the food was after the school previously said it would improve this academic year.
She told TeesideLive: "This monstrosity is what Thornaby Academy thinks is suitable to serve the kids at £1.65 a slice.
"We were actually howling at how bad [the dinner] was.
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"I thought 'what on earth are you feeding these kids for £1.65'.
"A sad-looking slice of pizza that looks more like cardboard.
"People were saying 'is that a little bit of bacon on the dessert' but it isn't, it's a tiny slice of strawberry.
"They put a post on saying the dinners would be much better than last year. I keep thinking 'what delicacy are they going to come up with today?"
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The mum said she was already annoyed with the academy after she was forced to spend £100 on three pairs of shoes due to a strict uniform policy.
Her daughter, who has a musculoskeletal condition, was made to walk around in "agony" after the school said she was wearing inappropriate footwear.
"My child has a problem with her joints," she added.
"She's been referred to the musculoskeletal department. I went in and explained to the school, I said she needs some sturdy shoes that she can put insoles in.
"They wouldn't let her wear trainers until she got a note, which was going to be a week away.
"A brand new pair of shoes I bought her didn't fit, they gave her blisters.
"So I sent her in black Converse trainers for one day.
"Three different teachers took her out to have a go at her."
The school said they are disappointed with the issue regarding school dinners and all food is provided through separate food supplier Mellors.
A spokesperson for Thornaby Academy, said: "Whilst we would not make a comment on individual cases, the academy has a clear uniform policy in place.
"We believe that the wearing of uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of the academy and in setting the tone for our work with students.
"We aim to ensure that our policy is fair and reasonable and that school uniform is affordable and sustainable, especially in the current financial climate.
"We provide free school uniform for all Year 7 students when they start at the academy, as well as providing a pre-loved uniform scheme.
"We hold a stock of other uniform items, including school shoes, to support our students and their families.
"The academy is disappointed to learn of a possible issue regarding its new catering supplier Mellors, as this matter had not been raised directly with the school.
"Thornaby Academy takes standards of school catering and compliance with food school standards seriously and will be investigating the matter in conjunction with the caterers.
"Mellors however, have already apologised unreservedly."
The Sun has contacted Mellors for a comment.
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