Published 10 June 2019
Clydebank High school has joined forces with Magic Breakfast charity to provide pupils with a free breakfast for two years.
More than 1,200 pupils will receive a healthy fulfilling breakfast to ensure every child is fed, focused and ready for the day's learning.
Breakfasts will include Quaker porridge, Nestle cereals, bagels and Tropicana unsweetened juice. The school will support the initiative by providing staff to run the initiative and offering additional items which will be funded from the school’s Pupil Equity Fund (PEF).
Pupils were delighted to welcome athletes Patrick Kelly and Kieran McDonald from Glasgow Warriors to the school to help launch the service. The players happily spent time with pupils telling them about their career and encouraging healthy eating amongst pupils.
Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “I would like to thank Magic Breakfast for their very generous offer of providing healthy food for every pupil at the school. A nutritious breakfast is the best possible start to any day and a great way to help children concentrate and focus for the day ahead.”
Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “We are committed to ensuring all of our pupils realise their potential and starting the day with a healthy breakfast will ensure young people at Clydebank High are ready to learn. Eating a healthy breakfast has long been associated with promoting children’s health but research shows a healthy breakfast can also boost their education. Another positive is that this new initiative is available to all pupils regardless of whether they’re entitled to free school meals or not.”
Magic Breakfast has 30 partner schools in Scotland, providing healthy breakfasts to students in Scotland. The food Magic Breakfast provides to schools complies with government school food standards and regulations in Scotland.
Alex Cunningham, CEO of Magic Breakfast, said: “Magic Breakfast is delighted to be in partnership with Clydebank High School and West Dunbartonshire Council, tackling the issue of classroom hunger together. We know that a hungry child isn't able to concentrate, but students who have had a healthy breakfast are settled and ready to learn in their morning lessons, able to make the most of their education. We wish the school every success.”
An independent evaluation of the Magic Breakfast model by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that schools that ran a free of charge, universal breakfast provision before school delivered an average of 2 months’ additional progress for pupils over the course of an academic year.