The school has introduced an innovative school meals programme which has cut queueing and tempted young eaters with the "street cred" of high street brands.
The result has been a 324 per cent rise in cash income, a 150 per cent increase in the uptake of meals and a 50 per cent decrease in queuing times. A pilot in two secondaries has notched a 35 per cent reduction in chip sales, a 5 per cent rise in milk sales and a 50 per cent increase in the consumption of sandwiches and baguettes. A quarter more pupils are eating fruit.
Known as "vital mix", the scheme uses a computer programme linked to a cashless system which rewards pupils for choosing a balanced diet. Points are given for healthy items reinforced by bonus points where a balanced meal is taken. The bonus points are then converted to pay for activities such as swimming and climbing.
The experiment has caused a stir in the school catering world, so much so that representatives from 84 local authorities across the UK attended a presentation at the city's Lourdes secondary yesterday (Thursday). Photograph: Gerry McCann.