Another York school is hit with a 1 out of 5 food hygiene rating

Catering at another York school was hit by a food hygiene rating of 1 out of 5.

This time, it’s the dinner service at Park Grove Primary Academy that received the low score, with ‘big improvement needed’ for food safety management.

But the school says it was a temporary blip – and a new five-star rating is in the works.

School dinners at Park Grove are delivered by Hutchison Catering. York City Council inspectors visited on May 16 and their ratings for Hutchison – published this week – were

  • Improvement needed for hygienic food handling
  • Very good for the cleanliness and condition of the premises and the building
  • Big improvement needed for food safety management.

Park Grove has 263 students aged between 5 and 11 years old.

A spokesperson for the Ebor Academy Trust, of which Park Grove Primary is a part, said that this low rating was “mostly around record keeping for a short period of four weeks.

“Immediate action was taken to bring the school back to the high standards that the school and parents should expect and the 5-star rating was reinstated on June 16, 2022.”

Awaiting the publication of the new classification.

Park Grove Elementary Academy. Photography: Richard McDougall

Andrew Hutchison, director of Hutchison Catering, said: “The initial rating was unacceptable, we apologize to the school but there were no issues regarding cleanliness standards or substandard food.

“We take the inspection results very seriously. Deficiencies like this, while extremely rare, are a deep disappointment and we work hard and quickly to restore things to where they should be.”

Other schools that recorded a 1 out of 5 rating recently included St Oswald’s Primary School on Heslington Lane and Bootham Junior School – both have now been re-inspected and have a 5 out of 5 rating.

Huntington School is still listed with a rating of 1 out of 5 even though the inspection took place on 27 September. The director told us that the low score was a blip caused by a delay in a major upgrade to the dining facilities, and he expected a new rating to be a 4 or 5.

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