January 2019

Withernsea High School signs up to the National School Breakfast Programme

Students at Withernsea High School will soon feel the benefit of starting the day on a full stomach thanks to the school’s participation in a national programme aimed at ensuring young people don’t begin the day feeling hungry.

Delivered by the Magic Breakfast and Family Action charities, the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) is a government-led initiative to ensure all students enjoy the benefits of eating breakfast.

From Monday 21st January, FREE Bagels will be available to all students in the school canteen between 8.00am and 8.40am. These will be served alongside an existing range of cereals, toast, drinks and fruit that are available to purchase on a daily basis.

Breakfast has long been regarded as the most important meal of the day. However, an increasing number of young people are missing out through a variety of reasons, including time or circumstance. 

Recent studies have shown that students who skip breakfast can often feel lethargic and lack concentration during morning lessons. Withernsea High School’s participation in this programme aims to address this by ensuring all students can begin the day with a healthy breakfast, providing them with the energy and nutrients they need to thrive.

School Business Manager Sarah Evans commented: ‘We are delighted that Withernsea High School has been successful in receiving funding from the National School Breakfast Programme, which aims to ensure that no child starts the school day too hungry to learn. This funding means that we can make sure every student in our school has access to a free, healthy, nutritious breakfast to support their learning.’

David Holmes CBE, Chief Executive of Family Action, said: ‘Breakfast provision plays a key role in ensuring children have a healthy start to their day. Family Action is delighted to be working with the Department for Education and Magic Breakfast on this ground-breaking programme – changing lives and life chances by preventing thousands of children from being too hungry to learn.’

Carmel McConnell MBE, Founder of Magic Breakfast, said: ‘Magic Breakfast is delighted to work alongside the Department for Education and Family Action to deliver this programme. Crucially it will ensure a nutritious breakfast reaches many more thousands of hungry schoolchildren, unlocking up to four hours of learning each morning to support their education. This is an excellent investment in these children and in the future of this country.’

Withernsea High School’s participation in the NSBP project is the latest step in a continuing focus on catering provision at the school.

When Chef Graham Clarke joined the school in April 2015, he brought with him a wealth of experience and a range of fresh ideas, creating exciting new menus to cater for all tastes. Regular themed events with special menus take place at various times throughout the year, culminating with a hugely popular Christmas dinner served towards the end of each Autumn term.

The introduction of Cashless Catering in July 2017 has helped to further increase footfall at meal times, with staff and students alike benefiting from a quicker and more efficient way of purchasing food and drink throughout the day.

Mr Clarke commented: ‘We are always looking to try new things and make on-going changes to ensure our menus are kept fresh and exciting. We will soon be launching a range of healthy soups to our daily menus and we will also be adding vegan options to complement our current vegetarian selection.’

2019 will also see a renewed focus on healthy eating options, with students set to lead the way on promoting balanced diets and making the best choices to secure a healthy lifestyle.  

Withernsea High School’s canteen is open for students to purchase food and drink at the following times:

Breakfast: 8.00 – 8.40am

Morning Break: 10:50 – 11:05am

Lunch: 12:30 – 1:10pm

Bagels are limited to one per student, per day.