You're ignoring the political agenda already on the table here. Not the doing of the Labour Council but inspired (or egged on- you take yer pick) by Tory central propaganda, this school opted for the Westminster academy.
Now then, if they voluntarily elect to take themselves out of the local authority's control - no-one expelled them here - it's slightly incongruous - moreover, it's a tad bloody offensive to me for them to immediately cancel the local authority's current free meals policy and demand that parents pay or more cheekily still, attempt to conspire to embarrass the local authority into continuing to pay for its ex charge.
It's wanting their bloody ha'penny and
cake and as such, whilst it IS indeed a fairly petty issue as a one-off, on the grand political scale of things, it is a shining example of brazen bourgeois insolence in expecting that they, having voluntarily jumped ship, should STILL receive freebies from the now-dumped formerly responsible
It was probably such conceited and reprehensible antics in 1789 Paris that cost some of those idiotic clowns their titfer-carriers.....