AN East Renfrewshire school has been recognised by a cereal giant for their breakfast club.

Mearns Primary School in Newton Mearns has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Breakfast Club in Scotland as part of Kellogg’s annual Breakfast Club Awards.

The club at the primary school is attended by around 23 children every morning.

It provides youngsters with a nutritious meal each morning, which helps to set them up for the day of learning.

Teachers at the school have also said they have noticed an increase in concentration and focus in lessons when a child has attended the club for breakfast.

If the school goes on to win the award, it will receive a £1000 cash prize, plus an invitation to the House of Commons, where the celebratory event will be held.

Mrs Kimberly Cameron, from Mearns Primary School Breakfast Club, said: “We are really excited and incredibly proud to be shortlisted in this year’s Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards.

“Writing our entry gave us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fantastic children who attend every morning, not to mention the hard-working staff.

“If we’re lucky enough to win the award for Best Breakfast Club in Scotland we’ll spend the prize money on ensuring this fantastic club can continue next year.”

According to recent research from Kellogg’s, almost four in 10 teachers across the UK claim to see children going to school hungry every day, with 72% believing the number of youngsters attending breakfast clubs has increased.

Heather Murphy, Kellogg’s corporate social responsibility manager for the UK, said: “So many clubs across the UK deserve recognition and after receiving 400 applications, it’s been tough to pick our finalists from so many inspiring stories.

“Breakfast clubs like Mearns Primary School Breakfast Club play a vital role in society.

“Thanks to the staff’s dedication, these clubs support working parents, feed hungry children and offer opportunities to increase informal learning with activities and socialisation.

“Kellogg’s has supported Breakfast Club for 25 years and this year we’ve seen the clubs face more challenges than ever before, so we are delighted to be able to recognise them for all the hard work and dedication they have put in.”

The awards aim to champion the people and activities that make breakfast clubs so impactful.

This year, the cereal giant is celebrating 25 years since launching the programme.

To mark the special occasion, an extra award will be up for grabs to recognise a Breakfast Club Hero – someone who has gone above and beyond to make their club happen.

A panel of judges will assess all the 48 shortlisted entries from across the UK and the winners are expected to be announced at some point this month.