A Staffordshire special school has set up their own Tea Rooms enterprise to provide students with ongoing work experience.
Walton Hall Academy in Eccleshall used funds raised by disability charity Shaw Trust to establish an industry-based learning environment which will be run by students.
Principal of the academy, Amanda Cameron, explained: “It is vital that students are given the opportunity to develop their employable skills and gain work experience, so our new Tea Rooms will play an important role in providing this.
“We wanted our dedicated volunteers to be the first to experience our Tea Rooms and once all feedback has been reviewed we will discuss future events and guests.”
Shaw Trust, which sponsors the multi-academy trust Walton Hall belongs to, raised funds for the project as part of their annual London Marathon challenge. Last year, 31 runners on behalf of Shaw Trust raised over £40,000 for school projects.
Converting an old room into a Victorian café area, students will be able to develop their cooking, hospitality and cash handling skills, as well as grow their confidence and experience in the world of work.
Everything from furniture and baking tins, to tea cups and tablecloths, has either been donated to the school or purchased at local charity outlets, providing the Tea Rooms with a unique boutique style.
Mrs Cameron continued: “We wanted the space to accentuate the school’s distinguished building and provide a professional industry environment for the students.
“The support we have seen has been outstanding and we are so grateful – we can’t wait to open our doors to the wider public in the near future.”
With the Peacock-themed Tea Rooms hosting countless potential, we are excited to see what the forthcoming months brings at the school.
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