Sunnyside Spencer Academy in Nottingham has emerged as a winner for shaping children’s health, taking first place in the Healthy Eating category out of more than 600 other schools at the Community Education Awards 2018.
Sunnyside joined the Spencer Academies Trust in 2014, and has been on a transformational journey leading up to their 2017 Ofsted review that found the school to be ‘good’ with elements of ‘outstanding’.
Community Education Awards recognise achievements in a range of categories including environmental, sporting and teaching successes and hold an annual celebration to recognise schools’ efforts to help children and young people become responsible community members.
The Healthy Eating Award recognises the role schools play in the promotion of healthy eating along with the benefits a balanced diet can have on children’s health now and progressing through to adulthood.
Sunnyside’s ‘Wake and Shake club’ entry was judged as the best of its category amongst 624 other schools who also entered the project.
The club takes place before school Monday to Friday. Children are offered a wide range of healthy breakfast choices including food grown at the local allotment, low sugar cereals, fruit and bagels supplied by Magic Breakfast.
Breakfast Bagels are supplied to classrooms at the start of the school day to ensure all children get a nutritional and healthy breakfast and are ready to start their learning.
The hours provided by Wake and Shake club (from 7am), alongside the low cost of accessing the provision (£1.50 per daily session), has resulted in some families returning to work. This has also specifically supported single parent households.
The club supports disadvantaged pupils, with over 50% of those attending Wake and Shake club eligible for the Pupil Premium.
Sunnyside Spencer Academy Principal, Shamara Sadler said: “Everyone at school is delighted that we have received recognition for the brilliant work that happens every day at Sunnyside. The Wake and Shake club provision really makes a difference to our pupils and their families.”