Magic Breakfast!

Gateacre School is proud to be one of the first schools in England to sign up to the new National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), funded by the Department for Education and delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.

From January 14th, students will be able to choose from a range of breakfast cereals, bagels and porridge - and they can eat as much as they want!

Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that pupils in schools boosted their reading, writing and maths by an average of two months’ progress per year, compared to pupils in schools with no breakfast provision. We hope that the programme helps with attendance and punctuality, as the students are dropped off earlier and are already at school when the bell rings.

At Gateacre, we recognise the importance of a great start in the morning especially when our Year 11 and Year 13 pupils are preparing for their examinations.  That is why we open the school during the exam period early to ensure that every pupil has the opportunity to have a free breakfast and prepare well for their tests.  Before the breakfast club, many children had been coming to school hungry.  

Our HR Manager, Anne Kavanagh who applied for the funding said: “We understand that those students who start the school day with a healthy breakfast have higher levels of attendance, punctuality and concentration, which results in improved learning.  We are committed to ensuring that no student at Gateacre School is too hungry to learn and so we have adopted the National School Breakfast Programme.

Our school has joined the government’s National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), which is being delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast. 

As a NSBP School we are pleased to offer a healthy school breakfast, available to all, and enjoy the benefits that brings, with children settled and ready to learn at the start of the school day.

On the third Thursday of each month we will also open this offer up to parents/careers and siblings of Gateacre students so we can all have a great start to the day (without the panic of making breakfast for everyone, and the washing up!). The first #fillmeupThursday will be on 17th January.