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Schools: Catering

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of secondary schools allow all pupils to leave school premises at lunchtime; (256008)

(2) what proportion of maintained mainstream secondary schools have a lunchtime break of one hour or more.

We do not hold this information.

Regulations state that a school day should be split into two sessions with a break in the middle of the day between those two sessions. There is currently no legal requirement on the length of the midday break and it is for individual schools’ governing bodies to determine this.

It is also for schools to determine their own policy on whether pupils are allowed to leave school premises at lunchtime.