Breakfast club helps reverse Atherton school's fortunes
7:00am Monday 23rd September 2013 in NW
A BREAKFAST club has helped to reverse an Atherton school’s fortunes and saved it from the threat of closure, according to its head teacher.
Atherton St George’s CE Primary School was languishing at the bottom of school league tables and under threat of closure.
But when business manager Sue Kennedy was inspired to start a breakfast club to help a young boy, who she used to find waiting on the school steps when she arrived every day at 7am, the school’s luck began to change.
She said: “The boy was 10 at the time, and he always turned up to school hungry and needing a wash, so I used to find him something to eat and help him get ready for the day.
“On our first day of opening, the club had about 15 children trickling through.
“Now we have about 50 children with us on a daily basis, giving them the chance to eat a healthy diet, while interacting with their friends and some of the school’s learning mentors.
“It also allows us to learn more about the children and gives pupils the opportunity to talk about any issues that may be troubling them.
“While most of us take eating our breakfast for granted, it’s important to remember that there are many children out there who would start the school day hungry if it wasn’t for important schemes such as our breakfast club.”
Today the school is thriving and has established itself midway up the league tables – and head teacher Rachael Coulthard claims the Kellogg’s sponsored breakfast club has helped.
Rachael said: “Since Sue started the breakfast club, not only has attendance risen by four per cent and SAT results improved, but we have also moved from the bottom of the area’s school league table to the middle and the breakfast club has had a huge part to play in that.”
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