Studies show that children who receive breakfast often perform better at learning, and can also be better behaved. Breakfast clubs can also improve a child’s long term health by providing a
well-balanced nutritious meal. Secondary benefits of breakfast clubs include improving attendance, helping to prevent disadvantaged children from experiencing social isolation, and helping with children who would otherwise not have adult supervision in the first hour or so before school.
In a 2013 survey of 552 teachers, 387 (71%) said they believed breakfast clubs have a positive effect on pupil's concentration, questioned about the impact on behavior, 325 (60.2%) were positive.
The College currently provides a free school meal (FSM) for those that qualify, these FSM were introduced to enable children to eat a nutritional lunch time meal. However, we find that more children are coming to school without having had breakfast, which we all know is the most important meal of the day! Those children that are hungry can buy a breakfast from the canteen but that then leaves them short on their allowance for the rest of the day so they are not able to purchase a nutritional lunch – which is what the FSM allowance is designed for, thus having a knock on effect of the child being hungry later in the day.
We have been running the FSM breakfast club since January on a trial basis and I am glad to say that it has been such a success so I have taken the decision to continue the initiative until the end of this academic year. If this initiative proves to be a continuing success I will consider extending it for future years.
Examples of the breakfast items on offer:
Toast and jam, porridge, beans on toast, various cereals, cheese on toast
and egg on toast. There will be slight variations available on request.
All served with a fruit juice or hot drink.
If your child wishes to take advantage of this offer, they just need to attend the Dining Hall between 8 and 8:30 am each day to obtain their free breakfast.