Breakfast Club receives donation from Kellogg’s
St Mark’s Church of England Secondary School received a £400 grant from cereal maker Kellogg’s this week after completing an innovative online breakfast club training programme which has been developed by Northumbria University.
The online course provides information on the benefits of breakfast clubs and healthy eating as well as offering helpful advice on planning, funding and marketing the club.
Headteacher, Barnaby Ash, said: “It’s so encouraging to see companies like Kellogg’s supporting breakfast clubs like ours as it means we can carry on delivering the same excellent service to our children and their families.”
“The breakfast club at St Mark’s is an important part of daily life and provides students with not only food and sustenance, but an opportunity to meet with our pastoral team in an informal and caring environment. This supports our ‘family ethos’ and has been much valued by our students, particularly those joining in Year 7, who enjoy the security and support that such a facility provides.”
Jerry Parr is the Chaplain at St Mark’s and manages the facility for students. He added, “It sounds obvious to say the children need breakfast but in the UK and Ireland 1 in 7 children go to school without any and this has a direct impact on their performance at school.”
“With this funding, we can sustain a free provision that all of our students can benefit from, ensuring they have a great start to the day and are fully prepared for their lessons.”
Kellogg’s has been supporting breakfast clubs for 16 years and has set up more than 1000 new clubs in the UK.
Earlier this year, Kellogg’s commissioned a national audit of school breakfast clubs across the UK which examined the challenges schools face in sustaining them.
The findings revealed 85 per cent of schools had a breakfast club and 45 percent of these admitted funding was the single biggest need for the future of their breakfast club.
This is why Kellogg’s is offering sustainability packages of training and funding to schools nationwide to help safeguard the longevity of their breakfast clubs.
Kate Prince, Corporate Social Responsibility manager, at Kellogg’s, said “We’re really proud of what we have achieved through our breakfast club programme and are always looking for ways to offer schools more support.
“After sixteen years of setting up breakfast clubs, we’ve decided to focus on our support on existing clubs like St Mark’s School which is why we have developed this training programme to give staff the skills they need to make their breakfast clubs as sustainable as possible to ensure a long and prosperous future.”
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