A NEWQUAY school is attempting to boost students’ brain power by starting up a new breakfast club.
Bosses at Newquay Tretherras Academy reckon a healthy meal first thing in the morning with ensure youngsters can maintain concentration throughout the day.
The club was set up after teachers learnt that early starts and hectic travel arrangements meant some pupils were regularly missing out on breakfast at home.
It starts at 8am and gives students the opportunity to chat to each other, and to teachers, over free toast, fruit, yoghurt, cereal and juice.
Teacher and club supervisor Greg Carter said: “We have a strong family ethos that runs through the school. The breakfast club extends our pastoral care and provides a safe environment for all students across different year groups to socialise and support each other.”
Research has proved students who regularly skip breakfast in the morning often struggle to concentrate throughout the day, which can lead to poor performance and behavioural issues.
The school hopes the club will help improve student’s general preparation for the academic day once they arrive at school, and it is already proving a hit.
Year 7 student Roni Elliott said: “It’s nice to see the older year groups and it’s also nice for brothers and sisters to be able to see each other.”
Abby Hughes, from Year 10, said: “It’s great because you can come into school and have time to get sorted before the day begins.”
Matt Banks, a Year 13 student, added: “You can talk to teacher in a more relaxed way than usual, get advice or discus your work.”
And Sonny Hawk Vango, from Year 7, said: “I catch an early bus and sometimes I just have to rush so I forget to have breakfast.”
The club will run until the end of term, and will become permanent if it continues to prove a success.