Will Subway Open up a Branch in a British Public School?

July 17, 2012 5:42 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Will Subway open up a branch in a British public school? (Photo: Facebook/Subway)

Looks like British children will be fresher than ever.

On July 16, 2012, it was announced that Subway, America's leading sandwich fast food chain made most prominent by its late-nineties focus on low-fat food choices, is in talks with Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, towards opening a venue at its Sixth Form college.

The announcement came as a surprise to many after Michael Gove, Education Secretary and enemy of Jamie Oliver, announced a review of school dinners which opponents have criticized as being a transparent stall tactic aimed at hampering real and necessary reforms for the way that British children eat at public schools.

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"At the moment, we are at an early stage... Subway is one of the possibilities we are looking at," said Andy Shakos, the head teacher at Parrs Wood.

At the moment, it looks as though most of the British public is on the side of Jamie Oliver. An evening poll indicated that over 80% of those who voted were against the company opening a branch at a public school, where it would have access to approximately 370 students. Some could look at that as a violation of an implicit trust that tax dollars go towards institutions that serve the sole purpose of the education and cultivation of the qualities of a good citizen. To pay tax dollars towards another platform for advertisements from private firms could be seen as a knife in the back of the British people.

But as far as restaurants go, it could be a lot worse. Subway is committed to providing its patrons with as many vegetables as they want. The nutritional facts of each product also come front and center even as you order. We'll wait and see how this one plays out.

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