After four years of fundraising, building work is starting for Rhyl Kitchen Classroom – our plan to build an amazing teaching kitchen at the school. You can track our progress via social media (@rhylkitchen) or the project website Rhyl Kitchen.

The Rhyl Kitchen Classroom is for the benefit of everyone, young and old – our pupils, parents and the wider community.

This specially designed classroom will a flexible teaching space and include ovens, hobs, sinks, dining area and whiteboard. Doors will open directly onto our school veg plot and Outdoor Classroom, integrating learning from plot to plate.

Our vision is to provide

  • Top quality food education to all our pupils and parents.
  • A beacon of good practice in food education, sharing the kitchen as a training venue for other schools and educators.
  • An opportunity for local community groups to use this fantastic resource outside of school hours.

Background

At Rhyl Primary School, we believe that learning to cook is a vital life skill. Food education is at the heart of our creative curriculum. Our pupils grow food in our Outdoor Classroom. Our old school building, built in the 1890’s, severely restricts the scope of our ambitions – we do not have a room designed for teaching cookery, nor have any spare space of sufficient size in which to build one.

As a result, our staff are forced to teach cookery in the classrooms, carrying equipment from room to room. This severely limits the range of our teaching. Our pupils have no access to ovens and hobs. We are also unable to offer high quality food education workshops to the parents and wider community.

More widely, in our area of London there is an acute need for education around healthy eating. The nearby ward of Haverstock has the highest childhood obesity rates in the borough. Diet-related disease is one of the biggest causes of illness and premature death.

Solution

We have identified the ideal site in the school grounds for building a modern teaching kitchen. It will be located in a space currently used as a car park and Outdoor Classroom. This solution has a wide range of benefits:

  • The proposed site allows us to build a large and flexible space that can be used for both teaching cookery and other to host other workshops and meetings.
  • The site is at the rear of the school in an area independent of the main playground and school building. It is linked by a gated walkway. This means the space to be securely used when the main school is closed, so we can offer the kitchen as a resource for the wider community.
  • The site is adjacent to our edible garden, which enables us to teach from ‘plot to plate’, amplifying the impact of our educational programme.
  • This site avoids the option of converting an existing space within the main school building, which would entail a loss of a teaching space.