Campaign launched to end funding disparity
ST Brendan's Sixth Form College in Brislington is taking part in a national campaign to stop students across the UK going hungry at lunch time.
Thousands of students across the nation are forced to skip lunch at college because a funding anomaly means they are not entitled to a free meal.
While 16 to 18-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds are eligible for free school meals in school sixth forms, in colleges they are not.
A petition signed by more than 130 St Brendan's students has been sent to local MPs. The college, in partnership with the Association of Colleges, is supporting the 'No Free Lunch?' campaign, which calls for an end to the disparity.
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As part of the campaign the college will be highlighting this issue and attempting to change the way students are funded because of their education choices.
College principal Michael Jaffrain said: "At St Brendan's Sixth Form College we are committed to supporting our students. We know the importance that lunch has on their concentration and learning and I have made sure that some of our funding has been redirected so that lunches can be subsidised.
"For some students this could be their only meal of the day – this is however only sustainable in the short term and the Government needs to take action."