RISING costs have caused an Oxford school to increase the price of canteen meals.

Cheney School in Headington has implemented the small 20 pence rise this term.

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A notice in the secondary school's newsletter this week said: "Please be aware that the cost of a hot meal from the canteen has increased this year from £1.80 to £2.

"This increase is as a result of rising prices from our suppliers - we have held off raising our prices for seven years."

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Oxfordshire County Council informed schools before the summer holidays that from this term, the price of school dinners provided by its catering team will rise by 10 pence, from £2.20 to £2.30.

This was said to be due to the 'rising costs of ingredients' following a 'price freeze which has lasted several years.'

Cheney has its own professional catering team on site.