Students and staff at Rickmansworth School can now eat Halal meat.
In a letter to parents last month, headteacher Keith Douglas said the move came about after the Catering Student Committee at the school brought up the issue of Halal meat with the school’s caterers. A recommendation to provide it was agreed.
Mr Douglas said he always discusses Student Parliament recommendations at assemblies.
He wrote: “Using Halal meat in schools, public institutions, restaurants and being sold in supermarkets is common place. It happens without any of us being publicly informed. At Rickmansworth we believe in transparency and I told every student of this change in assembly. We live in a multi-cultural society and should respect everyone’s religions.”
Mr Douglas said he has been contacted by concerned parents and also by other parents who have shown support for the initiative.
Mr Douglas will discuss the situation with school caterers in order to reach a solution.
He said: “We are offering a choice of Halal meat dishes at Rickmansworth School. This decision was taken as a result from suggestions from our Student Parliament and communicated to the whole student body.
Many restaurants, large public institutions and shops only offer Halal meat while we will offer a choice. At Rickmansworth we have been transparent regarding this, we aim to listen to our students’ suggestions and offer appropriate choices of dishes to the multi-cultural community we serve.