Scottish food writer Sue Lawrence officially opens new kitchen facility at Rowanfield School

October 29, 2014

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A celebration event yesterday (Tuesday 28 October) marked the official opening of the new bespoke kitchen at Rowanfield School in Edinburgh, designed specifically for the school’s nurture room ‘the Zone’.  The kitchen was formally opened by special guest Scottish food writer Sue Lawrence whose cookery career began when she won Masterchef in 1991.

Children at launch eventPUPILS from Rowanfield School in Edinburgh are benefitting from a new bespoke £25k kitchen facility thanks to funding from philanthropic organisation Carnegie UK Trust and support from City of Edinburgh Council.

The new kitchen facility provides a group of pupils within the school the opportunity to bake and cook, learn about healthy eating, work as a team and develop social skills. The group, who are aged six to twelve, are part of the school’s nurture zone and have a range of complex social, emotional and behavioural needs.

The Zone was set-up to provide learning and teaching opportunities for children who often struggle in a normal classroom setting. The group have been making great progress in cooking but were very restricted by the limited facilities they had.

After securing funding from Carnegie UK Trust and support from the City of Edinburgh Council, the school’s vision of a bespoke kitchen for the Zone is now being realised. Yesterday the official opening was celebrated with special guest Scottish food writer Sue Lawrence in attendance. Sue’s career in cookery began when she won Masterchef in 1991 – a new series of which is set to begin next Tuesday (4 November). Sue said: “The nurture zone at Rowanfield has been a unique place of calm and creativity and a place for children to share and develop skills. These new kitchen facilities will make it even more special and I am delighted to be involved”.

Leanne Hepburn, Head Teacher at Rowanfield Special School added: “We believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home and this custom built space will be much more than ‘just a kitchen’.  It will be the hub of the nurture class environment that will provide opportunities for our young people to develop literacy and numeracy skills, build self-confidence, learn about self-care and responsibility and focus on sharing and co-operation. The children have been tremendously excited to see the new kitchen take shape and we are all looking forward to seeing the impact that this has on their learning.”

Martyn Evans, Chief Executive at the Carnegie UK Trust, which funded the work, said: “The theme of wellbeing lies at the heart of the Trust and we are only too happy to help support the development of a new kitchen facility at the school to support the pupils’ progress. Now that the kitchen is in use, we will be working alongside the school to learn how effective it is in helping to improve the pupils’ social and emotional behaviours. We look forward to seeing how the project develops.”

You can visit the project page on our website here.

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