Cafeteria serves up an experience for pupils

Students from William Parker & Danetre schools, carried out service, at the Northampton College cafeteria, Badby Road West, Daventry.'Pictured with Richard Curtis ( Course co-ordinator for Schools group - College ) are Kate Iliff ( 15 - Danetre School ) & Stephen Jolliffe ( 15 - William Parker )
Students from William Parker & Danetre schools, carried out service, at the Northampton College cafeteria, Badby Road West, Daventry.'Pictured with Richard Curtis ( Course co-ordinator for Schools group - College ) are Kate Iliff ( 15 - Danetre School ) & Stephen Jolliffe ( 15 - William Parker )

EIGHT pupils from Daventry’s secondary schools took over a college’s cafeteria.

Four Year 11 students from both William Parker and Danetre schools spent Thursday last week behind the serving counter in the cafeteria at Northampton College’s Daventry campus.

The pupils are undertaking the ABC Level 1 in food service at the College’s Badby Road site as part of the school link programme.

As part of their course they had to run the college’s busy cafeteria from 9am to 1pm.

During their stint behind the serving counter the pupils’ roles included taking orders from college students and staff, and maintaining a usual level of service all while under the expert eye of catering lecturer, Richard Curtis and the cafeteria’s usual staff.

Mr Curtis said: “This is an essential part of their learning.

“Dealing with real customers in a real-life setting will be an eye-opener and require them to apply everything they have learned in the classroom up until now.

“The experience will be invaluable and the skills they pick up will prepare them for the world of work, whether that’s in catering or any other industry.”

The food service course looks at the catering industry, and deals with how to prepare and serve food and drink, food safety, healthy eating and customer service.

The link between the town’s secondary schools and the college allows pupils to stay at school, but get vocational qualifications from the college.