18 February, 2021
Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (OSSMA) has been shortlisted for the Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards in recognition of the academy’s amazing efforts in continuing to deliver breakfast to students throughout the pandemic.
Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy started its Breakfast Club in 2018, offering it to a select number of students every morning. With the support of Kellogg’s, the academy applied for additional funding from the charities Magic Breakfast and Family Action as part of the Government’s National School’s Breakfast Programme, so that it could widen its provision.
The academy was successful in the funding application, and by January 2019 it was offering breakfast to all students across all year groups, ensuring everyone would start the school day with a nutritious meal, feeling well-nourished and ready to learn.
Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, the academy continued to provide a free breakfast to as many students as possible. In the first lockdown, they offered a free breakfast to any student who wanted to pick one up in the morning, while complying to strict safety measures and social distancing regulations of course.
With the help of the kitchen staff and holiday club Bee-Active, the academy also delivered free breakfast items weekly to all students who were eligible for free school meals along with their lunch and offered a free in-school breakfast for those vulnerable and key-worker students. Even principal Nick Brennan got involved in delivering food packages to students while they undertook remote learning.
Now in lockdown number three, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy is continuing to provide free healthy breakfast items to those students who are eligible for the Free School Meals scheme, along with a daily free breakfast offer to all vulnerable and key-worker students who are still going into the academy.
Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy principal Nick Brennan said:
“Breakfast has been suggested to positively affect learning in children in terms of behaviour, cognitive, and school performance. We firmly believe that students eating a daily healthy breakfast will help them be settled and ready to learn at the start of the school day, and we are pleased to have been recognised for how we have helped to deliver this for so many of our students, even during lockdown.
“When schools reopen completely, we are looking forward to having our Breakfast Club fully up and running again.”