Pupils at a primary school in Manchester are putting their cookery skills to the test, thanks to north-west domestic appliance brands Belling and Lec.
As part of a building programme at Temple Primary School, the former staff room was turned into a brand new Cook It studio but the budget didn’t stretch to equipping it with appliances. So the school asked local businesses for support via REPIC, the not-for-profit company that helps electrical and electronic manufacturers to meet obligations under the WEEE Directive.
Denver Hewlett, chief executive of Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (which owns the Belling, Stoves and New World cooking brands and Lec refrigeration), provided a cooker, hob, fridge freezer, extraction hoods, dishwasher and washing machine to kit out the studio.
Vicky Morton, head teacher at Temple Primary School, said: “The building works were completed last September but we were facing the possibility of not being able to use the studio, as our budget simply did not run to appliances. So we are grateful that Belling was able to answer our appeal and help us with this project.”
“Previously we just had Baby Bellings in a few classrooms but now pupils right across the school are using the Cook It studio for topics linked to the maths and science curriculum. We are also running a Cook It club after school and at lunchtimes and will be offering parents the chance to come in and cook with the children as well – it’s a huge benefit to the whole school.”
Denver Hewlett said: “Cooking is something that offers great enjoyment to people of all ages as well as being a vital life skill. It’s a huge thrill for us to see this next generation of cooks using some of our Belling and Lec appliances and to be given the chance to expand their education in ways they might otherwise not have the chance to. Temple Primary is a great example of a school that is working really hard to equip young people for their adult lives.”