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Pupils from local school take over Crawley College kitchens



Year Seven pupils from Oakwood School were welcomed into the college kitchens to take part in a special hospitality taster session.

The ten enthusiastic pupils prepared a three course meal and served them to their parents and carers in 58 Restaurant who arrived in the evening.

With the support of members of staff – Jill Harding, Julian Sims, Catherine Rushton and the leadership of Crawley College hospitality lecturer, Samantha Carey – the students were able to successfully cook, prepare and serve the three course meal.

Samantha Carey, hospitality lecturer at Crawley College said:

“The Students were fantastic and demonstrated enthusiasm and passion for the industry. They showed a professional attitude and behaviour and were a credit to the school. The food also tasted and looked fabulous.”

Oakwood Head Teacher Mr Potten and Deputy Head Joff Easlick also stopped by to see how the students were getting on and to chat to the parents and carers.

The students made a beautiful butternut squash and sweet chilli puree soup with homemade cheese twists for starters, a mushroom, bacon and tarragon creamy pasta with garlic bread for mains and a delicious chocolate brownie with cream for dessert.

After ensuring their parents/carers had their meals, the students had the opportunity to sit down with them to enjoy the food they had made themselves.

Jill Harding, member of staff at Oakwood School, said:

“I can’t thank Crawley College enough for organising this Taster Day. The students learnt so much and it was great to see them using equipment they had not come across before so confidently.

“It really was a team effort and we at Oakwood would love students to take part in this again in the future.”

After successfully completing their hospitality taster session, each student was rewarded with a certificate, a photo of themselves preparing the meals and a Crawley College keyring to take home.


‘We need to do what we can to help others in our community’ – Crawley pupils put others first during Children in Need day



The words are few but powerful and spoken by a pupil at a Crawley School as they joined other pupils to take part in Children in Need Day 2020.

On Friday 13th November 2020, Children at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School in Crawley spent Children in Need Day 2020 putting others first. 

As well as donating £1 to come to school in their own clothes, raising over £355, the children and Teachers spent time looking at the work of Children in Need and other charities, such as Cafod. 

As one pupil noted ‘now more than ever, we need to do what we can to help others in our local and global community’. 

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, commented:

“As ever the OLQOH community have stepped up to help this hugely important cause.  Well done everyone & thank you!”

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