School’s young chefs boosted by supermarket partnership

Teacher Alan Phillips and Sainsbury's Lynda Attridge with pupils at Eskdale School.
Teacher Alan Phillips and Sainsbury's Lynda Attridge with pupils at Eskdale School.

Students at Eskdale School have been cooking up a storm with the help of a unique initiative with Sainsbury’s.

The school has entered into a partnership with the supermarket chain that sees Food Technology students taught about healthy eating and how to cook by staff from the Whitby store.

Lynda Attridge from Sainsbury’s said: “As a business we are big on community projects and we were keen to get into local schools to help promote healthy eating.

“Our partnersip with Eskdale School is going really well, the children have responded brilliantly.”

The aim of the project is to provide the pupils with the knowledge and skills to enable them to cook a three-course restaurant standard meal for six guests.

If the partnership proves a success, Sainsbury’s say that they are likely to start implementing similar projects nationwide.

Ms Attridge added: “It’s fantastic that head office are keeping track of how things are going and it would be wonderful if the success of what we’re doing here meant that the scheme went around the country.”

To aid the project, Sainsbury’s have donated an array of cooking and kitchen utensils to the school, and also handed over sports equipment.

Food Technology teacher Alan Phillips said: “This donation came as a really pleasant surprise, all of the equipment will come in very useful.

“The pupils are enthused by the project. It allows them to show off their creative sides.”