20th November 2018

Congratulations to one of our partner schools, Northwood Community Primary School in Knowsley, who picked up a prestigious award at the Educate Awards last Friday night.

The Educate Awards are the largest education awards in the North West of England.  21 awards were handed out to schools in the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester at the awards ceremony held in the stunning setting of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

The team at Northwood won the Community Partnership Award for their work with FareShare and Magic Breakfast.

The school were aware that whilst some children received free school meals, many working parents were struggling to meet the cost of school lunches. The school governors provided some additional funding and were able to form a relationship with FareShare - who redistribute surplus food from supermarkets - to enable all pupils to receive a free hot lunch. The children get to try a fantastic variety of food, olives and parma ham have been on the menu!

In addition, they recognised that some pupils were arriving at school without having had a healthy breakfast or any breakfast at all. That’s where we came in and our North West School Partner, Emily Frezza, helped Northwood create a breakfast club providing cereals, juice and bagels. Our supporters at Amazon UK provide funding for several schools in the North West. The local Amazon UK distribution centre in Kirkby is a supporter of the breakfast club at Northwood.

Emily said "I am absolutely thrilled that Northwood have been recognised for all they have achieved for their children. With the support of Magic Breakfast, they have worked so hard to ensure that no child starts the day hungry, and continually seek to further their reach. Headed by their Business Manager, Stephen Johnson, the staff are an amazing example of what can be achieved when children are put at the heart of the school."

Headteacher, Jason Hollywood said “It is heart-warming that the backing and the community partnerships of these big organisations and businesses are able to significantly affect the quality of life of our 500 brilliant pupils, day-in and day-out”

All pupils at Northwood now receive a high-quality full breakfast and hot lunch regardless of their home circumstances. Great news and a very well-deserved award.

From Left to Right: Christine Murphy, Operations Manager at Amazon, David Bullock, Warehouse Manager at FareShare,
Emily Frezza, School Partner at Magic Breakfast, Jason Hollywood, Head Teacher at Northwood Community Primary School,
Stephen Johnson, Business Manager at Northwood Community Primary School,
Paul Stanton Chair of Governors at Northwood Community Primary School