Pupils petition puts toad-in-the-hole back on the menu

PUBLISHED: 12:47 10 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 10 March 2017

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Toad in the Hole was back on the menu after persuasive pupils at Dame Bradbury's school in Saffron Walden campaigned to bring the much-loved dish back to the school canteen.

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Pupils set up a petition last Wednesday, March 1 to try and reinstate the classic British dish after school chef’s changed it thinking the children would like a new lunch choice.

However, the young campaigners had other ideas and had the meal reinstated just one week after it was removed.

Kitty, a year six pupil, said: “We all really love toad in the hole so we decided to set up a petition to see if we could bring it back and quickly got lots of signatures. It was great to see it back on the menu and it tasted fantastic.”

Pupils from years five and six started the petition and by lunchtime had garnered 50 signatures from across the school, urging head chef Jason Wright to bring back their favourite traditional dish.

Aryan, a year five pupil, said: “I was so glad to hear that toad in the hole was back on the menu and it was scrumptious!”

The petition was presented to Jason in the kitchens on Wednesday, March 8 and pupils cheered with glee as the firm favourite was returned to the menu once more.

Tracy Handford, Head of Dame Bradbury’s School, said: “Encouraging pupils to share their views and have their say is very important and at Dame B’s we encourage pupils doing this in a respectful way.

“Mr Wright wanted to see how popular toad in the hole was before it was reinstated - and judging by the overwhelming response to the pupil petition, lots of them were looking forward to seeing it back on the menu!

“It is great to see the success of such pupil based initiatives and we all enjoyed our delicious lunch of toad in the hole yesterday.”

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