Mum's fury after school fed her two children, 9 and 10, bread and butter for lunch because she owed £16 dinner money

A MUM has slammed her boys' school after they were fed bread and butter because she owed £16 dinner money.

Katrina Dakin branded the move "disgusting" after her sons, nine and ten, were rationed after she forgot to settle the debt from last term.


The 31-year-old said Levi and Tyler were left hungry after staff wouldn't give them a hot lunch.

She claims she was asleep when the reminder text from the school came to pay the £8 each the boys owed, and is adamant she has always paid in the past.

Ravensdale Junior School in Mickleover, Derby, has stuck by its decision saying it was policy that once a family owe £10 or over, the children are not given dinners.

Staff at the school fed the two boys a basic lunch of bread, butter, an apple and a drink at lunchtime on Monday saying it was the “kindest option”.

They had texted their mother about the outstanding payment and claim they had contacted her about the money owing before term started.

The text read: “Despite our text messages, Levi and Tyler have ordered lunch today without payment. Please pay on-line or over the phone before 11am or we will not provide lunch.”

An hour later, a second text read: “As we have still not received payment for dinners, the boys will be given bread and butter and an apple at lunchtime.”

Fuming Katrina, who is now considering sending her kids elsewhere, said: "If I sent my children to school with bread and butter I'd have social services knocking at my door. It's neglect.

'THEY WERE REALLY HUNGRY'

"I work nights so when I turned my phone on at 1.30pm I saw the text when I woke up. I paid it straight away.

"I owed the school £8.80 per child but they know I always pay it. If the school would've confronted me at the start of the day when I took them to school I would've paid it."

The mum-of-six says no one contacted her about the outstanding payment, which she claims she wasn't aware of as she sent them to school with a packed lunch, but they ordered dinners as well.

Katrina, who lives with her partner Jason, 47, in Mickleover Derby, said she immediately contacted the head teacher and said she would pick her children up from school early.

She said: “I took them straight to the shop for a meal deal. They were really hungry, it’s disgusting making them sit in front of their friends and eat bread and butter."

'THEY ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ONE'

A spokesperson at Ravensdale Junior School said: "We pride ourselves on the quality of our freshly-cooked lunches, providing three choices each day for pupils, as well as a salad bar and a piece of fruit with dessert.

"However, we cannot afford to let a child have a free dinner if they are not entitled to one and nor is this fair to our other parents.

“Our policy is that once a child or family owe £10 or over, the child will not be given a dinner.

"On these occasions (which are rare) governors decided that children would be given bread and butter/jam and a drink instead. This was deemed to be the kindest option, whilst still being fair to all parents.

"Schools receive no extra funding for meals and the food, staffing costs and the running of the kitchen all have to be financed through dinner money payments.

"Parents are always sent a text on the day they go into debt and this will happen on a daily basis when the school is in session, until the debt is paid.

"Any parents who were in debt before the Easter holidays received text messages and our office manager even sent out texts on Sunday morning before we came back to school for the new term.

"If a child is due to be given bread and butter that day, their parents are contacted by phone to give them every opportunity to either pay, or provide a packed lunch. Most parents use our online payment system, making it easy to pay at any time."




 

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