School starts charging £2 for a ‘free’ meal at the Breakfast Club

A mother is furious and debating whether to transfer her daughter to a different school after an elementary school announced a fee for its breakfast club service. Longhill Primary School has for a number of years offered a free breakfast club to look after the children 45 minutes before school starts. Since the pandemic, no food is provided as part of this pandemic. Food will be available again from September but the school charges ?2 per session.

A mother is therefore considering transferring her daughter, who attends Longhill Primary School in Hull, to another school (Image: MEN Media)

A mother is considering moving her daughter to a new school after the current school is said to start charging £2 for its breakfast club.

Longhill Primary School in Hull has for a number of years been offering a free session which takes place 45 minutes before the school day officially starts.

Although food has not been provided since before the pandemic, this is set to resume from September – but will cost £2 an acre.

A mum claims the fee is too high, adding: “1 pound would have been pressure but 2 pounds is pure greed.

“I rely on the breakfast club there so I can get to work and stock up. Looks like we’re going to be the most expensive breakfast club in Hull.

“From what I can see from every other school I’ve researched it’s around £1 or £1.50. And that for a period of 45 minutes.

“This could force me to change my child’s schools just to save money for the month.

“Cuts need to be made, but I didn’t think changing schools would be part of that.”

Schoolgirls writing in classroom at elementary school class, rear view

The school has for a number of years been offering a free session which takes place 45 minutes before the official start of the school day (Image: Getty Images)

She further claimed that the fee would apply to everyone, regardless of whether children receive free school meals.

In a letter to parents and carers on Friday, the school said: “From September we will be changing the way the breakfast club is run as the school can no longer provide this service free of charge.

“We will be offering a breakfast club with a choice of toast or cereal priced at £2 per session. The money covers the full cost of the meal and contributes to staff costs.

“We appreciate that these are additional costs, but the school budget is not able to fully subsidize the staff and that puts Longhill in line with other schools.”

The mum said she would have been happier if the fee had been £1 or if children could enter for free if they didn’t eat.

The breakfast club won’t be the most expensive in Hull, but other primary schools are offering the service either cheaper or for free, or free for those who get free school meals. has reached out to Longhill Primary School for comment.

Government funding for breakfast clubs in schools in deprived areas of England is set to be cut from 100% to 75% after July.

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