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Afternoon Tea at Calcot Manor

On Wednesday 28th June Calcot Manor threw open the doors to their 14th century barn to allow Archway School’s Year 9 Food and Nutrition students to create the perfect afternoon tea. 

On arrival at noon 22 GCSE students were divided into two groups and given either front of house or cooking duties. With assistance from Calcot’s master baker, Matt, students learnt how to make the most delicious carrot cake I have ever tasted!  Also on the menu were fruit scones, chocolate cake, macaroons and a selection of quintessentially English sandwiches. Meanwhile, the front of house students were taught how to set up the barn’s beautiful upstairs venue so that it was suitable to host a traditional afternoon tea for 77 guests. Bunting, lavender, white linen and summer flowers transformed the barn into the perfect venue for tea and at the suggestion of the students guests were greeted with a glass of Prosecco (or sparkling water if under 18!). It was lovely to see so many Year 9 parents / carers at the event as well as other Year 9 students.

     Archway is very grateful to Calcot, Paul Saddler and master baker, Matt, for not only providing Year 9 students with this amazing opportunity but also enabling parents / carers and other Archway students and staff to join in such a special event. A big thank also goes to Mrs Bloodworth for working with Year 9 over the last six months to ensure they got the most out of this event. Both Mrs Bloodworth and I very much look forward to a repeat visit to Calcot with next Year 9s.