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Tasty start to school’s free breakfast club

Published on 14/01/19

Students at The Hewett Academy started the week with a free, filling meal as the school launched its new breakfast club.

Over 50 students tucked into toasted bagels and fresh fruit at the club’s opening day on Monday, January 14.

They were joined by BBC Norfolk reporter Anna Perrott who spoke to students and staff about how the club, which is free for all, will help children start the day fuelled for learning.

Head girl Isabelle Easter explained: “It’s about the energy you have during the lesson – on an empty stomach you’ll be distracted and you won’t be able to work as hard, but if you’ve eaten then you can concentrate.”

The club, which is open every school day from 8.15 to 8.45am, is part of the National School Breakfast Programme, funded by the Department for Education and delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.

The scheme funds free breakfast provision for schools in disadvantaged areas, giving children the energy and nutrients they need for the school day.

Acting principal Louise Jackson said: “Being hungry is a real distraction for students – this gives us an opportunity to make sure students are ready to learn before the day starts.”