Sunderland school gives children free breakfasts in exam week

Kelloggs have donated boxes of cereal to Year 6 pupils from The Grange Park Primary school Breakfast Club.
Kelloggs have donated boxes of cereal to Year 6 pupils from The Grange Park Primary school Breakfast Club.
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BREAKFAST is the most important meal of the day –

especially for youngsters sitting exams.

Every year, Grange Park Primary School in Sunderland gives free breakfasts to Year 6 pupils during Sats week, to make sure they are well fed to sit their tests.

This year, the children have had a huge range of cereals to choose from, thanks to a donation by Kellogg’s.

Pauline Wood, headteacher at the Swan Street school, said: “We always give free breakfasts to the Year 6 children during Sats week because we find it beneficial for a number of reasons.”

As well as ensuring the children have energy for the exams, it means they can get together early with their friends, have fun and relax.

Also, because the children are in very early, it gives staff the extra opportunity to make sure all in school and ready for the exams to start on time.

Mrs Wood said: “They come in and join the children in our regular breakfast club, play games, go on the Wi fit or karaoke and enjoy themselves. It is a lovely start to the day.

“It is really good of Kelloggs to supply such a big range of cereal. It means the children can have as much as they want.”

Kellogg’s said research has shown that primary youngsters are so stressed when sitting Key Stage 2 Sats that they cannot eat properly.

The study found one in five pupils went into their exams last year without having breakfast, and 15 per cent skipped other meals, blaming nerves.

As a result, the cereal giant decided to provide 200 breakfast clubs across the country with cereal, giving 25,000 schoolchildren the chance to enjoy a stress-free start to exam day.

Kellogg’s director Paul Wheeler said: “We know the lack of food before school means that pupils are not able to perform as well as they could.

“We believe they deserve to have a great start to the day, and that’s why we’re running these special breakfast clubs for Sats pupils nationally to help them perform their best during this stressful time.”