YES, you read that right. ALL pupils attending Moseley School in Wake Green Road have to be fed only food acceptable to Muslims, and the school got a roasting after a ghastly non-halal episode of an unspecified nature, occurred late last year.
It was apparently serious enough to spark a full-blown enquiry by the city council, and yesterday it was reported that the head teacher Craig Jansen has issued a grovelling apology over the incident.
Oh, and someone was sacked!
Shelia Walker, Head of Direct Services, wrote to Mr Jansen last month to confirm the mistake, saying:
This was found to be due to an error and was unintentional, nevertheless, Direct Services has failed to ensure the integrity of Halal-only food at Moseley School.
A report went on to say that a disciplinary hearing took place on February 11 and a member of staff had been removed from the school.
Walker said Direct Services catering staff would be fully retrained and signs would be displayed to indicate halal food.
A robust procedure and double checking system would also be implemented for the ordering of halal function/special events within the school, according to the findings.
The council’s Direct Services is also planning an open afternoon at the school at which staff and suppliers will be present to answer any questions from parents, who can also sample food products.
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said:
We of course apologise for any concerns this has caused. We do have robust procedures in place and the caterer successfully provides thousands of meals daily to schools. A letter has been sent to all parents to alert them to what happened.
One furious Muslim parent, whose son attends Moseley School, said of the non-halal infraction:
I was shocked – they have failed the children. How did this meal get into the school system to be fed to the children? It’s just shocking that dietary requirements haven’t been met.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn