Schools awarded for outstanding breakfast clubs
Five UK schools have been singled out for prestigious national awards to commemorate their outstanding breakfast clubs and the invaluable contribution their clubs make to the local community.
The 2010 National Breakfast Club Awards, which are run by Kellogg’s and learning charity ContinYou, recognise all of the UK’s school breakfast clubs in providing pupils with a warm, safe and sociable environment in which to eat breakfast and get the best possible start to their day.
There are six awards in total: four country-wide awards, a breakfast club champion award, and a local authority award.
Carr Manor High School in Leeds was singled out by judges as the best breakfast club in England. The breakfast club, known affectionately by the school as the ‘Kool Club’, demonstrated how it had genuinely made a difference to the lives of pupils, which was reflected in the improved academic and social performance of many of the pupils attending the club.
St Brigid’s Primary School in North Lanarkshire picked up the award for the best breakfast club in Scotland. Prior to the club opening, pupils were arriving late for school, having eaten no breakfast, which resulted in tired and lethargic children in class. Now the club averages 89 pupils attending per day, which not only helps send pupils off to class ready for the day ahead, but also provides a fantastic solution for busy parents in the morning.
Queen Street Primary School in Abertillery, Gwent, was chosen as the best breakfast club in Wales. Averaging 35 pupils per day, the club has been able to bring pupils together and has helped develop strong friendships both inside and outside the school gates.
Erbington Primary School in Londonderry was chosen by judges as the winning breakfast club in Northern Ireland. Erbington Primary demonstrated how breakfast clubs can be used not only as a great place to have a nutritious breakfast, but also as a place for children to be creative and learn. Erbington Primary also demonstrated how incidents of bullying and injury had reduced since the opening of the breakfast club.
The fifth award, breakfast club champion, was presented to additional support needs assistant at St Bernadette’s Primary School in Motherwell, Mary Main. This award recognises that ‘special someone’, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in order to make their breakfast club a success. Mrs Main was nominated by her colleagues for her admirable dedication and care to the pupils at the breakfast club. Regardless of the treacherous weather conditions, Mrs Main ensures she is always there when the first pupil arrives each morning, something that is even more admirable, given that her role is completely voluntary.
Finally, the local authority award was given to North Lanarkshire Council. This award recognises the support, dedication and commitment of local authorities in helping to create breakfast clubs at local schools. With two award-winning breakfast clubs in the local community, North Lanarkshire Council has proven that strategically supporting breakfast clubs can help change lives.
Bruce Learner, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Kellogg’s, said: ‘All of the award winners really inspired the judges. Clearly loved by pupils, the clubs offer both a nutritious breakfast and somewhere safe for children to chill out before the start of the school day. The wining schools should be extremely proud!’
Tony Apicella, National Programme Director from ContinYou, says: ‘The national awards have once again demonstrated the tremendous benefits that breakfast clubs bring to children, young people and families in our schools and communities across the UK. Breakfast clubs as a whole make a huge contribution to the population’s healthy eating behaviours, and these awards demonstrate and recognise their versatility, innovation and, most important of all, what works well!’
Please visit our Breakfast Club Plus website for more information about the awards.