A SOUTH Derbyshire secondary school has launched a drive to try and get pupils eating healthier - by offering a breakfast service.
The Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, has announced that it has started the new initiative in a bid to make sure youngsters eat the right foods.
Senior teachers also hope that the scheme will help pupils to concentrate better during lessons and therefore get more out of the school day.
A spokesman for the school told the Mail: “We are pleased to inform parents that from May, we will be operating a breakfast service for students in the cafeteria from 7.50am until 8.20am every morning in response to many requests from students.
“Your son or daughter will be able to use their existing cashless account to purchase breakfast items from the menu above.
“If your child is eligible for a free school meal they will be able to select from the menu up to a value of £1 to include toast or cereal and a drink.
“We do hope that you will take advantage of this service and that you will let us know what you think of this provision.”
The school has released a list of the items that will be on offer as part of the new breakfast service:
• 35p – Tea / coffee
• 45p – Hot chocolate
• 20p – Toast (one slice with butter)
• 40p – Cereal
• 50p – Cereal with milk
• 35p – Fresh fruit
• 50p – Yoghurt
• 45p – Fruit juice (carton)
• 35p – Milk (7oz cup)
The school hopes that, after listening to calls from pupils to introduce the service, that it will be well used and form a part of youngsters daily routine at the site.
More information on the scheme is available www.pingle.derbyshire.sch.uk/news/breakfast/
Parents are urged to head online and provide feedback on the scheme.