MOST adults have vivid memories of school dinners: slimy semolina and lumpy mashed potato.

But for Lindley schoolchildren it is a very different story.

Lindley Junior and Lindley Infant schools have launched new menus for their meals.

The menus feature more vegetables, salads and fruit and less fried and processed foods.

They are a response to the views of children and parents in a recent survey.

Parents wanted healthier meals, with more choice.

Children also wanted more of their favourite foods.

Children in both schools have now had their first taste of the new dishes.

And the verdict has been a big thumbs-up.

Infant school pupils Christopher Evans, Jessica Smith, Jade Bartholomew and Daniel Nellis - all aged seven - named their top dishes as cottage pie, cheese pasties, pasta and salads.

Jessica said: "They are nice meals because they have things that are healthy."

Junior school pupils Lucy Cottam, William Triner and Frank Nankivell - all aged 10 - also like the new meals.

Frank and William are both on the junior school council, which, along with the infant school council, had a large input into the new menus.

William said: "Everything we wanted has been brought in."

Lucy, who is vegetarian, used to bring packed lunches but has now signed up for school meals.

She said: "There are a lot more vegetarian options now."

Lucy is not the only pupil to sign up because of the new menus.

Junior school head Pat Thompson said: "One of our anxieties was to get more children to have school meals rather than packed lunches.

We have seen an increase, thanks to the new menu. We are delighted and very grateful to the catering staff," she added.

Infant school head Sue Drake said: "The meals before were of a good standard, but we wanted to try something new. It is still a trial. If the children want changes, we will listen.

"The positive thing is the good relationship between the schools, children and Kirklees Catering," she added.

Main course

Minced pork pasty and gravy

or vegetable pasta bake

Choice of carrot, peas, salad bar, chips, jacket potatoes


Jam roly poly and custard

or fruit or yoghurt