30% of students at Grainville and Haute Vallée report not eating before school

Breakfast clubs have been started at both schools in an attempt to improve concentration and wellbeing. Credit: PA Images

Nearly a third of students at Grainville and Haute Vallée secondary schools have reported not eating before they arrive on site.

To try and tackle this, breakfast clubs have been started at both schools in an attempt to improve concentration and wellbeing.

They are working with the Channel Islands Co-operative to give out 100 free breakfasts at each school a day, so students can tuck into a meal before lessons begin.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, which mean that school canteens cannot operate as they used to, students are being offered brioche as well as fresh fruit such as apples and bananas.

The breakfast clubs' success will be reviewed on a term by term basis. Teachers say they are already noticing a difference in the young people that they teach.

The early indication for us is that it has been extremely positive. It has changed the dynamic in the morning – students are arriving early and looking forward to their first meal. One student told us: ‘I am not hungry in the morning anymore and I participate more in lessons and focus on my work'.

Sarah Quenault, Deputy Headteacher of Haute Vallée School