Breakfast boost for Gamesley kids

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Gamesley Community Primary School is one of 25 Derbyshire schools that could soon benefit from a breakfast club pilot scheme.

Derbyshire County Council is funding food at the clubs, which will cost between £180,000 to £200,000.

The school, on Grindleford Grove, has been invited to apply for funding, because of the proportion of children entitled to free school meals.

The pilot will run for four years and the schools will provide staff and other resources for the day-to-day running of the clubs.

Councillor Kevin Gillott, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Research has shown that children who’ve had a nutritious breakfast have better concentration, more energy and behave better in class.

“We want all Derbyshire children to achieve their potential in school and this pilot will help us discover whether this is a cost-effective way to raise standards and invest in the future of our young people.”

A date for the pilot beginning has not been finalised.