School gets throwback canteen makeover

The one that I want: Students of Albany Science College in the new Grease-style canteen

The one that I want: Students of Albany Science College in the new Grease-style canteen

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A Chorley school canteen has been transformed into Grease-style diner after students won a competition to give their food hall a facelift.

Albany Science College now mirrors Rydell High School with its jukebox and red and white colour theme, and the £10,000 makeover was finished just in time for the pupils’ return from half term.

The new look was revealed at Monday lunchtime, when TV crews from the School Food Trust, which ran the national competition, were on board to film footage of the grand opening.

Children at the school were encouraged to create an innovative design for their canteen, and parents and the community voted online for them to win the chance to see their efforts come to life.

Wendy Johnstone, head of extended schools, said: “The support for this campaign has been immense.

“It has gained momentum right throughout the community, with all of our partner agencies and extended school groups passing on the email and voting. They all see the benefit of a new canteen.”

The Canteen Rescue scheme was launched after a study highlighted factors that contribute to low school meal take-up, including cramped canteen layouts and poorly managed queuing systems.