A private girls school costing £25,000 a year has been branded ‘tone deaf’ after it served jacket potatoes, baked beans and coleslaw for an ‘Austerity Day’ lunch  St Paul’s Girls’ School, which advertises itself as ‘one of the country’s leading independent girls’schools’, said that the money they saved from the meal would be donated to charity  In a now-deleted tweet, they said: ‘Today was the final Austerity Day of the year Students and staff had baked potatoes, with beans and coleslaw, for lunch, with fruit for dessert The money saved with be donated to the school’s charities.’  The basic lunch was a far cry from the luxury options the girls usually have to choose from, which includes duck leg confit, seared cod and slow-baked Moroccan lamb  The poster they selected included an image of a gloved waiter’s hand uncovering three peas on a silver platter  Unsurprisingly, the post garnered severe criticism online.  One person branded the school, which is based in Hammersmith, London, as ‘tasteless beyond belief’  Labour MP David Lammy said: ‘Is this a sick joke? A million people having to reply on food banks are not laughing ’  A spokesperson for the school said: ‘For many years, along with many schools and places of worship in the country, St Paul’s has arranged regular lunches when simple food is served and the money saved given to local charities ‘The aim is also to raise the awareness of our students to those less fortunate than themselves We take our commitment to the wider community very seriously. Murder probe launched after man in 40s stabbed to death in Norwich car park‘The choice of the word “austerity” is to draw attention to the fact that others around them are facing significant economic difficulties ’ ‘The aim is also to raise the awareness of our students to those less fortunate than themselves We take our commitment to the wider community very seriously. ‘The choice of the word “austerity” is to draw attention to the fact that others around them are facing significant economic difficulties ’  On the food section of  their website it says: ‘Everyone knows teenage girls can be picky eaters, so we try to give them lots of choice  ‘We regard the enjoyment of good and healthy food as a priority and lunch at St Paul’s is a real highlight of the day  ‘Our extensive lunchtime menu offers several hot options from roasts to international dishes, a salad selection, hot and cold desserts and masses of fresh fruit Before school, we run a great value breakfast bar serving up cooked and continental breakfasts, juice and porridge ’  Alumni from the school include Harriet Harman, Susanna Reid, Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol, actress Rachel Weisz, and Rosalind Franklin, who was pivotal in discovering DNA