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Hampstead School cooks up in £2m new teaching block

PUBLISHED: 11:39 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 07 September 2010

STUDENTS at Hampstead School will soon be cooking up a feast, as construction of their £2million teaching block gets underway. The new development will offer students a range of new catering and food study options as well as a cafeteria where pupils can s

STUDENTS at Hampstead School will soon be cooking up a feast, as construction of their £2million teaching block gets underway.

The new development will offer students a range of new catering and food study options as well as a cafeteria where pupils can sample each others' creations.

The two-storey block will house industrial-standard catering facilities and enable students to take up new subjects such as catering, food technology and hospitality.

Headteacher Jacques Szemalikowski said: "We are really looking forward to being able to offer a whole raft of new study options at Hampstead School.

"We are keen to provide our young people with valuable life skills as well as academic skills and the new facilities will help us to do this."

Younger students will also learn to prepare tasty, healthy food as part of the government's Licence to Cook initiative which aims to give every child aged between 11 and 14 practical tuition in preparing and cooking nutritious, healthy and affordable meals.

In order to give the pupils a chance to serve the food they prepare, the teaching room will open up into a cafeteria where other students and the paying public can give the dishes the taste test.

Chair of the governors Geoff Berridge said: "We are very pleased work is underway on the new block.

"It opens up all that great potential for doing interesting work with the new diplomas which are coming in next year.

"It increases the opportunities for young people to learn and to learn interesting and different things from the stuff they have been doing.

"I think learning to cook is very important for young people. There is a whole range of physical and intellectual skills young people can learn and cooking combines them both - you have to be able to think and do at the same time.

"It opens up that whole world of catering which is fantastic and we are all very excited about it. The block also complements what we have in that part of the site, which is design and technology."

The top floor of the building will include a computer suite for use in business and media-related subjects.

The building is on track to be completed for the start of the next academic year in September.

The government's Licence to Cook initiative has trained more than 1,200 schools in England and equips the school with the knowledge and skills to deliver a programme of food education.


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