Lunchtime at St Mary's School, Chiddingford School: c.1970
© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London
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Lunch time at St Mary's Primary School, Chiddingford, Surrey. Rising concerns about the health and under nourishment of children at the turn of the 20th century resulted in the introduction of school meals for all children in 1906. From their introduction they had to meet certain nutritional standards. Children across the country, like those at Chiddingford School, enjoyed a warm, nutritious meal at lunch time every day. The 1981 Education Act removed the need to meet these nutritional standards and schools were required to provide food only for those children on income support, any other food provision was optional.
1965 AD - 1975 AD