BY ANDREW M BROWN
THE LEADING independent Catholic girls' school, St Mary's Ascot, whose old girls include Lady Antonia Fraser, Marina Warner and Lady Sarah Hogg, has introduced a food policy to help prevent eating disorders among its pupils.
But in the week that the headmistress of Wycombe Abbey School reported an increase in the incidence of eating disorders, Monica Hehir, deputy headmistress at St Mary's, told the Herald that she had seen no increase in the prevalence of eating disorders among her pupils. However, the school has in the last year drawn up a food policy involving nursing and catering staff and teachers trained to tackle cases of anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
"Students register for lunch and are supervised," said Mrs Hehir. "If a girl doesn't turn up we make inquiries. If there is a problem, the girl is weighed every two weeks."
• MYSTERY surrounds "the "". future of St Joseph's primary school in Greenwich, southeast London, writes Joe Jenkins.
Headmistress Vivienne Lake has accepted the offer of early retirement by Southwark Archdiocese following "pressures" faced after a preOfsted survey by the local education authority revealed a number of aspects of the school in need of "development".
Ms Lake declined the opportunity to comment.