Lancs school granted £500k for training kit

A school in Lancashire is poised to invest in new cooking equipment for its training kitchens after being awarded £498,000 in funding.

Southlands High in Chorley won the second largest share of a £3.7m investment programme to improve educational facilities.

The establishment will spend the grant on refurbishing two food technology classrooms and creating a learning resource area.

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“Our food technology classrooms are very dated so we will be able to completely refurbish our kitchens,” headteacher Mark Fowle told The Citizen newspaper. “It is going to mean we can install new equipment and units which will improve what we can offer in terms of food and catering.”

The paper said that bids ranging from £100,000 to £500,000, from a £3.7million pot, were first invited a year ago.

Fowle added that having suitable equipment in place will benefit pupils looking to develop careers in the catering field.

“It is one of our most popular GCSE courses and it supports the agenda which encourages more students to acquire their own catering skills,” he said.

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