A young boy had to sit and watch his friends eat a Christmas lunch while he at just a ham sandwich and an apple from Tesco.
Callum Fox, nine, longingly watched his friends eat their turkey dinner and all the trimmings at Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School because his permission slip was mislaid by staff.
As a result, Callum’s dinner was thrown into the bin.
His mother, Lisa, said: ‘I went to pick him up and asked him if he enjoyed his dinner, but he said he didn’t get one and had a sandwich from Tesco instead.
‘It has made me really angry. All the other kids had ice cream with sprinkles for dessert, and Callum had an apple.
‘I gave him a permission slip and the school knew Callum’s order was meant to be processed, but for some reason they didn’t do it.’
She said the school had already reimbursed her the £2.20 cost of the meal, and she has had a meeting with the headteacher to discuss what went wrong.
Lisa added: ‘His brother and sister had a meal but he didn’t. I thought they would have done something for the kids who missed out, like arrange for them to have a meal, but nothing has happened.’
Andy Herbert, head teacher at Clifton With Rawcliffe, apologised for the blunder that saw Callum have a rubbish lunch.
‘I think it’s important to apologise when things go wrong – which in this case they have – so on behalf of the school I have said sorry to the family and reimbursed them,’ he said.
‘It’s also important to learn from mistakes and the team involved in preparing and serving our school meals has met and reviewed all our procedures which should further improve what is usually a good service.
‘We’re going to trial this new system in the spring term with some themed menus which I hope everyone will join in and enjoy.