Supporting our local Keswick School

Over the last couple of years, we have introduced a charity of the year to our business module, first put in practise in 2016 by supporting Amy’s Care, where we raised just over £8,000, this then continued into 2017 when we handed over an outstanding £11,426 to Blood Bikes Cumbria.

We believe that building long-term relationships with our charities, helps to create a strong bond which then helps to achieve greater results together. With close connections to Keswick School, we are happy to announce that our 2018 fundraising activities will go towards updating the food technology kitchen within the school.

As a responsible business, part of our ethos is to support the local community, so it’s a great privilege to be in a position where we can help Keswick School. Many of our employee’s attended school here, so it’s a special place for many of us. We plan to hold various fundraising activities throughout the year, on top of this our talented chefs will visit the school to give the children simple tuition classes.

The first step is to put a plan in place to identify the full cost of improving the kitchen, from here we plan to work with the school to help raise money to build a new food demonstration area within the class, making it more effective and more engaging for the children, with the aim to encourage more students to take up careers within the hospitality industry. The full kitchen plan is likely to be a long term project that can then be handed back to the school for continued development in the future.

About Keswick School…

Keswick School is one of the most recognised schools in the North of England. A national teaching school with a reputation for excellence, the school is rated as outstanding under every category by Ofsted. Yet despite the accolades and consistently high student achievement, the school is under enormous pressure following years of successive funding cuts. Therefore, partnerships with the community are vital for the future of the school.

With over 1,230-day students and 50 boarding students from across the world, Keswick School has a unique international dimension. Attracted by a blend of traditional values, innovative teaching and extra-curricular opportunity, students are confident, friendly and distinctive. Qualities which give them a great start for their future careers.

An important part of school life is a broad and balanced curriculum which caters to the needs and interests of a diverse student population. In the current climate the Government policy has marginalised technology, a sector of the economy in which the UK has a world class reputation. One area that has seen a complete lack of investment is food technology.

Mr Jackson, Head Master at Keswick School commented, “Food technology is taught to students in years 7, 8 and 9. Practical cooking sessions are the main part of these lessons, students learn to use a variety of cooking techniques whilst making and developing a range of good healthy food, safely and hygienically.”

“In years 10 and 11 students can choose to study hospitality and catering or food preparation and nutrition qualifications with many students choosing a career in the food industry once they have left school. However, all of this is undertaken in less than ideal facilities. Cookers and sinks are often overcrowded and some equipment is well past its best. Without any spare funding to improve the situation and no grant funding available, the future for food technology is a concern.”

“It is therefore with enormous delight that we look forward to working in partnership with Lake District Hotels Ltd. to help sustain this essential subject over the next year and into the future.”