Democracy is a strong feature at Whitehouse Primary and our School Parliament is playing an increasing part in informing and influencing decision-making within the school.
At the beginning of September, each class elects a peer whose role is to represent their views at the School Parliament.
Each Key Stage Lead also chooses a Deputy for their phase who attends all of the meetings.
The School Council is run by Mrs Manning. Members are elected for a year and meet every fortnight on a Friday afternoon. Over the years, the School Parliament has been involved in the following activities:
Pupils' feedback on lunchtime catering facilities
This information has now been passed to the CEO of the CET Trust
to be taken into consideration when selecting Whitehouse next catering provider.
All Year Groups felt the portions were too small and the children were hungry in the afternoon
Food was not served hot enough
Not popular – looked funny colour! Children would like other options on a Friday on occasion e.g. chicken nuggets. No ketchup is now available
Main / Vegetarian Choices
Often these are very different. The children would prefer similar options on the same day e.g. Lasagna / Veg Lasagna
Children preferred pizza whirls to the current pizza slices
Pasta is often dry and congealed together.
The children did not like the vegetables being mixed. If there is one they dislike, they do not eat any of it. Would like a wider range of vegetables.
Salad Bar is no longer available – many of the children enjoyed it alongside their meals, esp jacket potatoes.
The children would like a wider variety of potato options (waffles etc)
Jacket potatoes – the children would like to choose what is on their potato / need wider choice. They also would like to choose the order of their toppings.
It was felt the food is quite bland and dry. Not much sauce to the meals.
Desserts are often dry. Would like more hot desserts.
Ice lollies melt before they can eat their dinner.
Pick and Mix:
The Lids are too hard to remove (all Year groups)
No choice of different breads – would like sandwich / bagel option
Not able to choose different options as they used to be able to
No choice of dessert – again very dry.
Need more filling in them
Do not have spread in them, so very dry (e.g. just slice ham)
Again would like salad bar alongside their meal
Other parts of P&M
Tortilla chips are tasteless and sometimes stale – can they have salsa back again?
Fruit options are the same as fruit available for snack – could they have different options.
Are keen to have the fruit juice cartons back.
Too small across the school
Often have last minute changes, and too late to then bring a packed lunch.
Menu not followed
Menu says things are available which are not (eg. salad bar)
(NB – the menu has been amended and this is no longer on there)
Children are keen to know if the food is sourced locally and sustainably farmed
Children do not like the wooden cutlery and would prefer to go back to metal
Due to the children not being able to choose the elements of the dinner, they are given food they do not like and there is a lot of waste.
Issues raised on 25th January 2023
(Pending replies from Whitehouse Leadership Team)