A LACK of funding has forced some school breakfast clubs to close, a new survey shows.
And it is a trend underlined by news that Just For Fun Out of School Club in Lepton could face closure if it cannot find alternative premises. The club has been warned that the club’s portable building could be condemned following an inspection.
The group is currently housed in two buildings at the Lepton C of E School in Station Road and could be forced to reduce its numbers, move to an alternative site or close all together if it cannot find a new building.
The survey carried out nationally by Kellogg’s revealed one in eight school staff (12%) say their school operated a breakfast club for pupils in the past, but half of these (51%) cited budgetary constraints as the reason for the closure.
The Kellogg’s poll reveals that many fear their breakfast club could face closure in the future, despite boosting pupils’ concentration and improving their behaviour.
Some 98% said eating a good breakfast leads to better concentration, while 83% said it leads to better behaviour and 77% said it leads to higher academic achievement.
A School Food Trust spokesman said: “Breakfast clubs do help many children to get a good meal to set them up for a day of learning.
“Studies we’ve carried out in primary schools in deprived parts found that pupils at schools with breakfast clubs got better average Key Stage 2 results than pupils at schools where healthy breakfasts weren’t on offer.”
The survey questioned 727 UK school staff online between June 21 and September 14.