CHILDREN at a school in Dorchester came back from their summer holidays to find a new restaurant had opened inside their school.

Teachers, parents and volunteers have been busy during the summer at The Prince of Wales School improving the school in many ways. The 'Inspired To Learn Restaurant’ is the school's latest new addition.

Headteacher Gary Spracklen said: "We wanted our children to enjoy the very best possible dining experience while at school. This means not only serving them healthy and delicious fresh food but doing so in an environment that makes them feel loved and valued.

"Over the past few months we’ve worked really hard and invested in new dining tables, flowers for each table and have developed our own unique approach to lunchtime dining. We’ve taken inspiration from other local schools including our friends at Damers First School and sought the advice of our wonderful local supplier Local Food Links to deliver the very best for our young people."

Local Food Links, which has four hub kitchens supplying more than fifty schools across Dorset, is supplying the food to the restaurant. On the pupils' first day back they were treated to a choice of a pork sausage or vegetable loaf roast, jacket potato with tuna mayonnaise and apricot flapjacks.

Speaking about the new restaurant experience, Year 2 pupil Charlotte said: "We all enjoyed our new lunchtime experience. It was really nice to have the whole school together."

Year 4 pupil Jason added: "Everyone loves the restaurant - we are so lucky. The restaurant has a really nice atmosphere."

The Prince of Wales School hopes to soon open the Inspired To Learn Restaurant to parents, carers and grandparents to sample the menu.