This years theme for our pupils for World Book Day, was a book called ‘It’s A No Money Day’ – written and illustrated by award-winning author Kate Milner. It was a gentle, poignant and powerful exploration of foodbanks and life for families who live below the poverty line.

Traditionally for World Book Day, pupils are asked to make a costume that transforms them into a character from their favourite book

Instead, this year, they made donations to Derby Breakfast Club - an innovative local charity which supports schools across the city to provide funded breakfasts for vulnerable children who would otherwise go hungry.

Deputy Head, Mrs Samantha Krbaceivc, says: “The Repton Prep community is delighted to use an important day in the school calendar - World Book Day - to support those in our local area who are facing real hardship this winter. Having a nourishing meal at the start of every day prepares children to learn and we are determined to support The Derby Breakfast Club in bringing that basic human right to children in neighbouring villages and towns." 

Derby businesswoman Kavita Oberoi OBE has been the driving force behind Derby Breakfast Club which now supports pupils at 10% of the city’s schools with a healthy meal to start the working day.

She said: “Food poverty is a sad fact of life for far too many families in our city who are bearing the brunt of the cost-of-living crisis.

“Derby Breakfast Club is therefore more important than ever to ensure that children don’t start the school day hungry.

“Providing school children with a healthy breakfast every day has been linked with higher attainment, more focus and a better overall educational experience.

“We are therefore very grateful to the staff, pupils and families at Repton Prep who have recognised the challenges that others less fortunate face and have done something positive to help change young lives for the better.”

Mrs Oberoi continued: “Feeding one school pupil for the year costs just £15.”

Following the final count of donations, the Repton Prep community raised £1,468 in order to support the Derby Breakfast Club. This will go towards providing almost 98 children breakfast for an entire academic year. We are extremely proud of the support the whole school community has shown for such a worthy cause.