Burnley primary school criticised for food hygiene failings

A primary school in the Lancashire town of Burnley has been criticised by environmental health officials after its food hygiene standards were found to be far from satisfactory.

The Whittlefield Primary School, located on Tabor Street, was inspected last February by the council’s food hygiene team, which is undertaking inspections of nearly 1,000 premises in the area.

Following the inspection, the school was awarded just one out of five stars in the newly-introduced food hygiene rating scheme, a score which puts it into the bottom three per cent of primaries in Burnley.

The council’s report stated that major improvements needed to be made to the school’s kitchens, which are quite old and in desperate need of an update. Another improvement that could help the school improve its rating is better food hygiene training for all staff involved in preparing and serving food.

Commenting on Whittlefield Primary’s pitiful one-star food hygiene rating, Councillor and Conservative Group leader Peter Doyle said:

“I would have thought that anything in the public realm, like a school, then hygiene should be their highest priority. I would expect urgent improvements to now be made.”