A Knowle West school has just received an award for its breakfast club – which is making great strides to provide a healthy start for some 65 children every morning.
Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy will receive £500 from the Kelloggs Breakfast Club Awards for ‘Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle’.
Although the club has been going for nearly twenty years, over the past few years it has introduced healthier options – and a new early morning running club has also boosted numbers.
Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy Head of School Hilary Dunford said: “Our breakfast club is run for the sole benefit of our children and the proven positive impact it has on their readiness to learn.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been recognised for our efforts to promote good health through a balanced and low-sugar breakfast alongside the opportunity for physical exercise. We’ll be spending the prize money on extra reading material and arts and crafts materials for the club.”
Almost half of the children who attend the club are entitled to free school meals – which is entirely funded through the school budget.
Key Leader Ben Roberts also co-ordinates the morning running club after breakfast and said it had become a popular addition.
He said: “The menu at the breakfast club has changed, we now have brown bread, sugarless cereals, fruit and yoghurt on offer.
“The opportunity for some vigorous physical exercise before school is helping to create a love of sport and activity which I hope will stay with our children…”
Harry Partridge (eight) said: “I do like the food we get because there is fruit and apple juice and I like eating with my friends. I like running too.”
And ten-year-old Ebony Tunnicliffe said: ” Lots of people miss breakfast and I like it that we can come in here … and can make it a good day.”
The runners-up award for the school coincides with new research from Cardiff University that found that pupils are twice as likely to achieve above average results in school if they eat breakfast.