Fewer pupils are eating school dinners following TV chef Jamie Oliver's high-profile campaign last year, a survey by the School Food Trust has found.

The survey revealed that in the year following Oliver's campaign, take-up of school dinners fell by 5.8% in primary schools and 4.9% in secondary schools, and that only four in ten children eat school dinners.

Dame Suzi Leather, chairman of the School Food Trust, said: “It is no surprise to us to see a small drop in take-up considering the huge amount of negative coverage school meals have received in the past 18 months.”