A prestigious public school charging pupils £40k a year has said they are leaving “no stone unturned” in their efforts to work out how they served kids raw chicken and maggots.

Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire was forced to apologise for the grim mistakes and has faced a barrage of complaints from parents and children.

It is one of the most famous fee-charging schools in the area and has now launched an investigation into how the catering company made the errors.

The school’s head of finance Phil Attwell wrote a letter to parents to explain the stomach-churning mistake came as the kitchen had run out of fish goujons, Gloucestershire Live reports.

He said as the chefs ran out towards the end of service, they mistook chicken goujons for the fish.

As a result, they only cooked it for five minutes instead of the 12 minutes needed.

Attwell admitted: "The member of staff took a shortcut by not properly checking that 75 degrees had been reached; the chicken was sent to be served, in a significantly undercooked state.

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“Five Upper College pupils received the chicken but notified staff as soon as they spotted the mistake; the meals were quickly recalled, and a replacement meal provided.”

He also addressed the maggot and said: “The sweetcorn had been run through water in a colander. The lettuce had been run under water, through a leaf spinner and then taken to the counter.

“Both products have been taken off the counter, and suppliers have been asked to comment on their production and supply.”

“While it is understood that fresh salad and vegetable items may carry bugs of various types, we of course do not expect these to make it through to serving points.”

The school has insisted the quality of their food is normally to a high standard and apologised to parents.

Catering company Holroyd Howe is now reviewing its internal processes to ensure the grim mistake is not repeated after the incident on April 29.

Daily Star has contacted both Holroyd Howe and Cheltenham College.

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