25 May 2016

Students at Ysgol Y Deri School have been putting their cooking skills in action this week in preparation for a very important community Big Lunch.

Two chefs working in a kitchen.

Over the past year, the students have been learning catering and life skills in the professional kitchen at the new ‘super school’ in Penarth. The catering course offers young people with a diverse range of special educational and behavioural needs a chance to learn all about food, from what’s in season, to how to prepare, cook and serve food, and help them build life skills too.

Ysgol Y Deri’s Big Lunch on 15 June is a chance to show how much the students have learnt over the past year and to show how much their confidence and social skills have developed.

Parents, school governors, and residents from the local community and nearby sheltered accommodation have been invited to attend the Big Day: a lunchtime picnic in the school grounds. Treats for the day include vegetarian sausage rolls, quiches, scones, chocolate brownies as well as a Big Lunch special recipe drink created by one of the students: Tudor’s citrus party lemonade!

Catering tutor, Joe Rowson, said:

“The school has only been open eighteen months so our Big Lunch is a great way to welcome the local community and share a special day with them. Although the food students cook is sold in the canteen, they’re too busy cooking and cleaning to see people enjoying it. Our Big Lunch will be a lovely opportunity for them to see how much their skills are appreciated and enjoyed.”


If the folks at Ysgol Y Deri School have inspired you to get creative in the kitchen head over to our recipes section for some ideas to get you going.