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Maidstone school breakfast club 'best in the South East'

Children pay 50p a day to attend and in return they get a choice of breakfast and can even help cook their own food Photo:

A breakfast club at a Maidstone primary school has been awarded the best in the South East in a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.

Pupils from Molehill Primary School got the chance to visit Westminster to see their school crowned regional winners in the search for the best breakfast clubs in the UK.

Children pay 50p a day to attend and in return they get a choice of breakfast and can even help cook their own food.

Then the pupils can take part in a wide range of activities, with everything from board games and puzzles to dance class and aerobics on offer.

We know that these children are coming in, they’ve had a really healthy start to the day. They’ve done some exercise and they are then ready to get into lessons and get on with learning. They’re wide awake and ready to go with the rest of the day."

– Gemma Brierley, Principal, Molehill Academy Primary School

The breakfast club previously had only a handful of regular visitors.

But thanks to three years of hard work by staff at the school, the club is going from strength to strength.

The award brought a once in a lifetime chance for the pupils to visit Westminster and experience a few other firsts.

Some of them had never been on a train before. Some of them had never been in London never mind go to the Houses of Parliament. They were quite amazed when they stood above where Guy Fawkes had planted his gunpowder in parliament and they got quite excited about that. It was just a fantastic day all round."

– Sandra Hammond, Pastoral Support Worker, Molehill Primary School
Credit: Molehill Primary School

Research by the IFS has shown that breakfast clubs can improve attainment for primary school pupils.

The club at Molehill Primary is no exception, with teachers seeing clear improvements.