School Holiday Kitchen is a recipe for success

Luke Anthony (Aged 9)

Schools maybe out for summer but a Greater Manchester academy is keeping its classrooms open over the holidays to help families improve children’s behaviour and achievement before they return to school in September.Funded by housing association New Charter Group through its Great Academies Education Trust, primary school Silver Springs Academy in Stalybridge (Tameside) is running Holiday Kitchen activities.

Ajay Crawford (6) with his freshly made pizzas

Ajay Crawford (6) with his freshly made pizzas

The project will work with a targeted group of 20 pupils and their parents or carers and will see sessions run over eight days in the summer break.

Sessions will provide a healthy lunch for families each day based around structured activities like cooking classes, sports, art and craft workshops and a trip to a local park.

The first session, on Monday (27 July) was a Make and Taste class with children and their parents making pizzas from scratch using healthy ingredients.

Holiday Kitchen is part of a two-year pilot across Greater Manchester led by housing associations and is an extension of a programme developed by other housing providers in the West Midlands.

Tony Powell, Chair of Governors at Silver Springs Academy and New Charter Group’s Executive Director of Neighbourhoods said: “Evidence from different areas shows us that the project is so far having a positive impact on children’s behaviour with activities helping to boost their confidence and improve relationships.”