David Ashley, headmaster of Greenslade primary, says that pupils who bring in packed lunches “are allowed chocolate on a biscuit but not a Mars bar.” If such sweeties are spotted, parents are called in for a quiet word.
At Charlton Manor primary, the head, Tim Baker, says: “Children get stickers for healthy boxes … If a child brings in a chocolate bar, we take it out of the lunchbox and give it back to the parent at the end of the day.” Pupils give each other away, he confides: “They say, ‘Miss, he’s got sweets in his box’.”
The experts say parent-packed lunches tend to be nutritionally inferior to school cafeteria lunches, which are quite bad. Efforts to improve cafeteria food drive up the price, encouraging more parents to send their children with a lunchbox. (Apparently, the Brits aren’t brownbaggers.)