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Belfast school's food hygiene shame - rating among worst in Northern Ireland

 

Belfast school one of 13 premises which are currently ranked among the lowest in Northern Ireland.
Belfast school one of 13 premises which are currently ranked among the lowest in Northern Ireland.

By Christopher Woodhouse

A Northern Ireland school has been given just one out of five on the food hygiene ratings system.

Malone College was slapped with the score following an inspection by Belfast City Council earlier this year.

The system, known as Scores on the Doors, lists the south Belfast school as one of the 13 premises which are currently ranked among the lowest in Northern Ireland.

It applies to any business which prepares and offers food for consumption, not just restaurants.

Only one score of zero, the lowest possible, is currently in force and applies to Cafe Onion, a Chinese restaurant on the Stransmills Road in Belfast.

The rating of one out five means that "major improvement" is necessary for it to be given a higher score.

An inspection in February stated that food hygiene and safety at the school was "fair" but found that structural compliance was "poor" and there was "little" confidence in management.

The website information was last updated on December 11 this year and the score remained at one.

However, school principal Katrina Moore told Sunday Life it was due a reinspection which should take place before the end of the year.

Other premises given a score of one include Kebab Express on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast and The Chip Company, near Queen's University.

Malone College was founded in 1997 and has more than 500 pupils at its site in Finaghy in the south of the city. In March this year it was ranked 165th out of Northern Ireland's 191 secondary schools in the Belfast Telegraph's GCSE league table.

It was also placed 133rd out of the 159 schools for which data was available in the newspaper's A-level league tables.

In September this year it was awarded School of Sanctuary status, which is given to educational establishments which provide a safe place for those facing violence in the home or their country of origin.

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