Pupils at Burwell Village College primary school are now enjoying meals prepared in a state-of-the-art kitchen built as part of the £5.5 million project to refurbish and extend the school.
And, according to Sandy Cater, the school’s business manager who is overseeing the building project, the quality of the meals being cooked in the new facility is now so good she is expecting far more pupils to be lining up to sample them.
“Considering how pokey the old kitchen was it’s a tribute to the catering staff, who are employed by Norfolk catering firm Edwards and Blake, that they managed to produce the 270 meals a day needed,” said Mrs Cater.
The kitchen’s refrigerators used to be stored in old shipping containers in a yard outside the kitchen. These have now been removed and the whole area paved so, during the summer months, the children will be able to take their lunches al fresco. New equipment installed in the kitchen includes the only blast chiller in any school in Cambridgeshire. This enables food to be cooled quickly to a low temperature that is relatively safe from bacterial growth.
Work on the college is expected to be completed later this year ready for the start of the autumn term in September. The school’s capacity will be increased from 453 to 630.