During the Autumn Term our secondary students with support from school staff started to work on creating the school café. Raven students applied for Team London Grant and after successful pitch in the City Hall received £1000 towards this project.
An on-site café will provide our students with opportunities for extended work experience across a range of disciplines every year. This will give our young people important skills, and develop a good work ethic and reliability, which in turn will increase their employability.
In addition to the grant, with a support from BEE (Business Education Events) Springhallow received funding from NatWest to financially help us with this project. The money will be spent on recruiting local Business Volunteers to help deliver enterprise and financial capability skills sessions and to buy additional equipment.
Our aims are:
• Provide a safe, fun environment café where students gain life skills in preparation for a future employment
• Encourage students across all year groups to develop healthy habits and lifestyles which increase their independence
• Develop students confidence and experience in a real life setting
• Practice in real life scenarios; making orders, problem solving, serving and preparing food etc.
• Developing money handling skills with a self-sustaining café
Once set up, the café will be run by KS4 students with support from Springhallow staff. It will be open during specific school hours for all staff and visitors and to support outreach training delivered at Springhallow School. Operationally, students will take orders, serve in the school café or deliver to designated areas within the school. This will allow them not only to gain a vocational qualification in Catering and Hospitality but also prepare for a more independent life outside of our school.
Please have a look at the photographs below to see the progress in the Spring Café and we will keep you inform about further updates.