South Yorkshire school plans for new kitchen

Staff and pupils at a Sheffield school are excited about the possibilities available to them now that the designs for a new onsite kitchen have been unveiled.

The head teacher of St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, Frank Barratt, has managed to secure £235,000 in government funding, which will allow him to install a new kitchen at the site, as well as carry out additional work on the rundown buildings that make up the Hackenthorpe academy.

Speaking to The Star, Mr Barratt said:

“I joined the school in September 2012 and it’s just been one challenge after another. One of the significant challenges was the state of the buildings – they were very tired and not conducive to good learning.”

He also noted that the buildings were not particularly inspiring and that the kitchen was located some distance from the dining room, which was impractical.

At present, pupils are forced to collect their dinner trays from the server before walking quite a distance, and up a flight of stairs, to get to the dining hall, something that Mr Barratt brands “ridiculous”.

Work on the new kitchen, which will rival anything that could be found in a kitchen showroom in Cheshire, has already begun, much to the delight of Mr Barratt and his pupils.

As well as fitting a new server, which is right next door to the dining room, the grant will be spent on the installation of fire-safety equipment, including fire doors and an alarm system, as well as a new car park and some cosmetic changes to the school buildings.

Posted by Peter
January 11, 2015
Community kitchens

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