MOUSE droppings have been found in the kitchen of an Oldham school for a second time.

During a routine food hygiene inspection at Greenacres Primary Academy in Oldham last month officers uncovered mouse droppings in various locations within the school’s kitchen.

The school on Dunkerley Street in Greenacres has now taken “immediate action” and is working with its catering providers to implement a “robust review of procedures”.

An officer from Oldham council’s environmental health team discovered the droppings underneath the wash hand basin, in the back of both freezers and on the flooring behind a fridge.

The school was instructed to clean and disinfect the areas “immediately” and “carry out pest proofing” in a report by the inspector on March 16.

Droppings were also found in the boiler cupboard where they were spotted on the last two inspections.

The report adds: “The cupboard needs proofing (immediate action required)”.

Aside from the mouse droppings, rust was also found at the bottom of the inside of a fridge which now needs to be rubbed down and repainted.

A sanitiser with a shorter contact time, a cleaning product for effective antiviral cleaning, and “question on allergy” forms for parents to declare if “may contain foods” can be used have also been recommended by the inspector.

Greenacres Primary Academy achieved an overall food and hygiene rating of three stars, which means the business was generally satisfactory, and an improvement notice was served.

In response to the report, Katie Thornton, principal at Greenacres Primary Academy, confirmed the school has taken immediate action.

She said: “Greenacres prides itself on providing excellent school meals. We have taken immediate action to rectify the issues raised in the report and are working with the catering providers to quickly implement a robust review of procedures and upgrades to ensure we regain the five-star rating”.

Greenacres Primary Academy has an aim to become the academy of choice for new students within the local area after converting in 2018 and welcomes students of all abilities and backgrounds.

The school’s key message is 'Respect, Responsibility and Really Good Manners'.

Members of the public can check the hygiene ratings of food businesses on the Food Standards Agency website.