Cooking for Success

Situated in the heart of Westminster, the Beachcroft Academy supports children who have experienced learning and behaviour difficulties in mainstream primary and secondary schools...

Beachcroft Academy, Westminster

Beachcroft is one of 11 Alternative Provision Academies, run by the TBAP Multi-Academy Trust which established in 2013 is an approved Department for Education Academy Sponsor.

Pupils are educated in small, well-supported groups and follow a broad curriculum of English, Maths, Science, ICT, Humanities, PE, Art, Drama, Life Skills/Citizenship and Food Technology. They receive extra support for literacy and numeracy and also work to support the local and international community.

After the academy trustees initially approached Howdens’ Portman Square office, it was agreed that their local depot, Kentish Town would plan and donate the new training kitchen. As a result, the trustees were able to use the value of the kitchen as leverage to get other companies to support the project. 

Previously, food technology lessons were held in a tiny kitchen area near the dining hall which had only two cooking stations. Now they have plenty of room in the class and the kitchen provides cooking facilities for 6+ pupils as well as encompassing an island unit as a teacher’s cooking station at the front of the classroom. Learning how to cook has become a real pleasure and there’s not a day or hour goes by when the kitchen is not in use. The teachers and therapists at the academy believe that the cooking sessions are now one of the most valuable rehabilitation exercises – giving the children an opportunity to work towards and accomplish something for themselves.