During term time, Paddock School Café is open to the public every Wednesday from 10.00 am to midday for light snacks including home made muffins and tea and coffee and every Thursday from 10.00 am to 2.00pm to also include lunch. The café is run by the Post 16 students with the help of Anne Frier, one of our Post 16 teachers and Debbie Palmer, our café assistant, together with some amazing local community volunteers.
The café has two aims; firstly to provide work experience for older students - something that is very difficult to do outside the protective environment of school. Our students are taught the many skills of working in a café: to carry a tray, work the till, clear tables, take orders to customers, wash up and make the food that is sold in the café.
Secondly, and just as importantly, the café showcases the abilities of young people with learning difficulties. At Paddock School Café you will witness what our students can do, see their numerous abilities rather than focus on their disabilities. In the café are students are actively providing a service for the local community.
Within its cosy and attractive interior the public can enjoy produce made by the post-16 students: home-made cakes, sandwiches, soup or shepherd’s pie.
Justine Greening, our local MP and her team, enjoying morning tea