Milton Keynes school is an awards finalist for feeding children during the pandemic

A Milton Keynes school has reached the East of England finals for the Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards 2021.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 1:30 pm

Chestnuts Primary School in Bletchley is shortlisted for the award which recognises schools that help feed children in need.

Kellogg’s has been supporting school breakfast clubs since 1998. Providing money, food and resources to schools that run breakfast clubs in the UK.

Chestnuts Primary School will receive a £1,000 cash prize, plus a special party pack if it wins the regional award.

Chestnuts Primary School in Bletchley is shortlisted for Kellogg's Breakfast Club 2021 East of England award

Around 80 children attend the breakfast club at Chestnuts Primary every morning before school. Since reopening in September, the club has undergone various adaptations to ensure children are still having breakfast, such as class bubbles and designated staffing.

In addition to subsiding breakfast for pupil premium children, the club also offered families who rely on public transport the opportunity to attend the breakfast club at no cost.

Julie Drury, school business manager at Chestnuts Primary said: “We are really excited and incredibly proud to be shortlisted in this year’s Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards.

“Writing our entry gave us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fantastic children who attend every morning, not to mention the hard-working staff.

“If we’re lucky enough to win the award for Best Breakfast Club in the East of England we’ll spend the prize money on purchasing more activities and games for the children to access during the time they spend in the breakfast club. It would also allow us to look at purchasing more equipment and a wider range of breakfast choices.”

Recognising schools at this year's awards will takes on extra importance given the unique challenges schools have faced adapting to the pandemic.

Kate Prince, Kellogg’s corporate social responsibility manager for the UK and Ireland, said: “So many clubs across the UK deserve recognition and after receiving 450 applications, it’s been tough to pick our finalists from so many inspiring stories.”

“Breakfast clubs like the one at Chestnuts Primary play a vital role in society. Thanks to the staff’s dedication, they support working parents, feed hungry children and offer opportunities to increase informal learning with activities and socialisation.”

“Kellogg’s has supported Breakfast Clubs for 22 years and this year we’ve seen the clubs face more challenges than ever before so we are delighted to be able to recognise them for all of the hard work and dedication they have put in to keep things going.’’

A specialist panel of judges will now assess all 52 shortlisted entries across the UK and the winners will be announced on February 10.