PUPILS are set up for the day after being awarded a grant to boost its breakfast club.
St Godric’s Primary School, in Thornley Road, Wheatley Hill, is one of just 1,000 schools across the country to have won £400 from Kellogg’s to subsidise food for its breakfast club.
It comes after national research from YouGov found more children than ever are going to school hungry.
School headteacher Jane Lewin said: “It’s a shocking fact that children are missing outon the very foundations of their education by not being fed in the morning.
“That’s why breakfast clubs are a lifeline for so many children.
“As well as offering vital nourishment, they provide them with an opportunity to learn interaction and socialisation skills in a way that they might never do at home.
“This grant from Kellogg’s will really help our club and we are looking forward to spending the money on subsidising breakfast for the children who are not getting it at home as well as buying some new crockery and cutlery and play equipment for the club.”
According to the ‘Lost Education’ report, commissioned by Kellogg’s, 28 per cent of teachers questioned have seen an increase in children being sent to school with no breakfast.
The effect, the study concludes, is a loss of education, with teachers reporting that if a child arrives at school hungry, they will lose one hour of learning time that day.
It adds that if a child arrived at school hungry once a week over a school year, that adds up to 36 hours of learning time – rising to a shocking 8.4 weeks, or 70 per cent of one school term, for pupils in their entire primary education.