There’s been no loafing about for students at Derwen College, in Shropshire. This week, they marked national Real Bread Week with a variety of delicious bakes.
Students at the specialist further education college Derwen College, in Gobowen, near Oswestry, have kneaded, proved and baked home-made bread to support Bread Week. The event runs from the 20nd to the 28th February.
For students on the college’s Hospitality and Housekeeping pathway, bread making is one of the catering skills that they learn in preparation for employment. Baking, cooking and nutrition are also an important part of all students’ Independence, Health and Wellbeing learning.
Teacher Paula Hampson said: “The bread-making process is adapted for a range of students with different learning difficulties and disabilities. All can benefit from the process in some way, whether for their independence skills or for future employment.”
Sadly, the college’s commercial premises were closed to visitors during Derwen Bread Week. This meant that the loaves and rolls could not be sold to the public. However, the Hospitality & Housekeeping team opened a pop-up stall to sell their wares to staff and students.
Derwen College has had to think creatively about adapting work experience placements for students during the pandemic. For example, the college-run Orangery Restaurant is currently closed to the public and providing a new TipTop Takeout service for staff and students.
The Derwen College Garden Centre and Gift Shop will be reopening to the public on 15th March. The Retail team can’t wait to restart selling the college’s home-made bread, cakes, jams and chutneys, as well as gifts and cards.
For more information about Real Bread Week visit their website. To find out more about Derwen College’s vocational training and independence skills learning go to www.derwen.ac.uk. To discover more about the college’s Garden Centre and Gift Shop, go to www.visitderwen.co.uk