Fegg Hayes father fights headteacher in battle to ban biscuits at Stoke-on-Trent school's breakfast club
FATHER-OF-THREE Adam Harper is calling for biscuits to be banned at a school breakfast club – because it sets a bad example to his children.
The 36-year-old wants his children's Fegg Hayes primary school to stop selling the custard creams and cookies after seeing pupils buy handfuls of biscuits before lessons.
Now the former gardener has won the backing of The Children's Food Trust which advises schools to only offer biscuits at lunchtimes.
But Whitfield Valley Primary School headteacher Mark Milner is refusing to ban the biscuits.
The breakfast club – which also sells toast, cereal, crumpets and oatcakes – runs between 8.15am and 8.45am and caters for between 15 and 20 pupils each day.
Adam, of Bowman Grove, Fegg Hayes, who takes his three-year-old daughter Katie and five-year-old twins Thomas and Owen to the club, said: "I allow my children to have cereal or toast but when they see the others eating biscuits it sets a bad example. They are proper biscuits like cookies and custard creams.
"I have been in touch with the school and they are still being sold.
"Children can go in and buy 10 biscuits if they want to, as long as they have the money. I don't want my children thinking it is acceptable to eat biscuits for breakfast."
The Children's Food Trust – a registered charity which provides advice to anyone who provides food for children – is backing Adam's call for a biscuit ban.
A spokesman said: "There are standards which apply to school lunches, and also standards that apply to food provided at other times of the school day. These standards state cakes and biscuits cannot be provided at times other than lunch. We suggest foods such as breakfast cereals, toast and other bread-based items."
Mother-of-two Rebecca Wallbanks takes her six-year-old son Brett to the breakfast club.
The 31-year-old cook, of High Lane, Burslem, said: "As long as children get breakfast I don't think one biscuit would do much harm."
Parent Joe Dale, aged 32, of Fegg Hayes, added: "It is important children have a decent breakfast. I don't think biscuits are really suitable."
Mr Milner declined to comment.