29th April 2021 — The development of a new bespoke cookery room has long been planned to grow on the success and continuing demand for food education and cookery skills at St George's, Ascot provided under the auspices of a Leith's approved cookery programme.
Last term’s period of enforced quiet at St George’s provided the ideal opportunity for this development to take place – an existing large classroom has been redeveloped to create an exciting, modern space with seven cooking stations and capacity for fourteen pupils to work.
There is, in addition, a teacher's work station where pupils are able to watch demonstrations, supported by televisions and overhead cameras to ensure the girls can observe techniques in detail.
The school has consciously chosen to use eco-friendly induction hobs within the design of each station both to minimise energy usage and also allow for the use of renewable energy in keeping with St George’s commitment to sustainability and the environment.
During lockdown, many from across the St George’s community gathered each Friday evening to join Mrs Jones, the Leiths trained teacher, to cook supper together online.
The huge popularity of ‘Friday Feasts’ showcased the tangible way in which cookery, as a skill, has built and strengthened the school community, facilitating that sense of connection that is central to the St George’s ethos.
Mrs Jones said: "The space, the facilities, the high quality of the equipment give us new scope to be far more adventurous and explore everything that makes cookery such a pleasure."