Adopt a School Programme launches at Aurora Keyes Barn School

Publish Date: June 15, 2021 Posted By: Satpal Juttla

Adopt a School have launched their programme at Keyes Barn School, part of the Aurora Group. The team at Adopt a School are working towards collaborating with more schools within the Aurora Group. 

Young boys prove keen as mustard at cookery workshop

Stimulating children’s interest in food and healthy eating was the motivation for a fun, interactive workshop at a Lancashire school for special educational needs.


Young boys at Aurora Keyes Barn School in Preston got the chance to learn new skills and try new dishes at the cookery session, hosted by the charity Adopt a School. 


The independent day school provides specialist education for boys aged five to 12 with social, emotional and mental health difficulties where the dedicated team help them work on their behaviour, build their confidence and realise their potential.


“I was so proud of the students who experienced a real sense of achievement after their cooking session,” said Head Teacher Diana de Nooijer. “All the students took their dish home and we had really positive feedback from parents and carers.”


The Adopt a School programme was founded by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and was started to help children develop healthy eating habits, as well as giving an insight into the hospitality industry.

It aims to improve job opportunities for young people as well as combatting health inequalities, such as childhood obesity and poor oral health.


Hosting the event at Aurora Keyes Barn was chef James Holden who is one of the many hospitality professionals who volunteer for the charity.


“Learning how to cook healthy food when young helps people feed themselves and others affordably and is critical to addressing the nation’s health crisis,” he said.


“Working with such engaging children was a brilliant experience for me as everyone was prepared to participate. They were focused, attentive and responsive and the resulting food following the recipes proved this. It was a pure delight and I look forward at some point to return to do more!”


According to Diana, the pupils mirrored James’s enthusiasm and were genuinely interested in the whole experience.


“I think food is a great vehicle to make connections with people and I believe the workshop embodied this beautifully,” she said. “It did wonders for the boys’ self-esteem and some even began to picture themselves as chefs in the future!”


More information about Aurora Keyes Barn School can be found here and more information about Adopt a  School can be found here.


Photos of the cookery workshop can be found here.


About Aurora

At The Aurora Group, we believe in giving people the opportunities they need to create and lead fulfilling, independent lives. Through our UK-wide network of schools, colleges and residential homes, we offer education, care and support services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. We tailor our consistently top-quality approach to each person’s unique needs, helping them explore, enhance and employ their own skills, talents and abilities. We have high expectations of all our children and young people, regardless of what barriers they may have faced in the past.