Students cook up a treat at cookery school

'Make Happen' aims to motivate students to open their eyes to the possibilities that exist and support them through their further education choices by providing information and insight into all further education opportunities including higher and degree apprenticeships and university courses.  

To launch Make Happen at King Harold Academy, the school's Make Happen in-school co-ordinator, Sandra Williams, took ten Year 11 students for a cookery course at a professional cookery school in Hoddesdon.

The students were mentored by The Cookery proprietor Simon Atkins who guided them in the planning and making of canapés for more than 100 guests at the Year 9 Options Evening. 

They worked in teams and learnt the importance of working collaboratively together, being highly organised and working to deadlines. 

The students also talked to Carly Webber, from 'Make Happen', about their interests and received guidance in the education routes available. 

The students found it invaluable and enjoyed being able to explore the possibilities available to them in an informal setting whilst learning new skills.    

Whilst at The Cookery, Gino D'Acampo made an unexpected visit and chatted to students and offered words of encouragement.

A professional film company was at The Cookery and the Year 9 Option Evening and took pictures and film footage of the students and interviewed staff, students and parents.