Thank You for Your ‘Doughnation’!

Year 7 students recently took part in National Doughnut Week 2016; helping to raise funds for The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. They provide expert rehabilitation, education, therapy and care nationally.

Students made doughnuts with Technology teacher, Mrs Blythman, during their Food Technology classes and raised over £150 for the charity by selling their delicious treats at break and lunch time during the week, and by taking some home to sell to friends and family members. Well done to all the staff and students involved with fundraising for such a worthy cause.

Greenpower Racing Team

This year’s Greenpower racing team have just come back from the heats in Bedford, where they competed against some of the top teams in the UK. The Tabor team, held their own and made a very respectable time, covering the equivalent distance between Ipswich to Braintree during the timed distance event. Well done to them all, including Mr Baker who helped support the team all the way.

Choctastic Technology

Lucky students involved in KS3 Graphics designed and made their own chocolate bar, and got to eat it as well.

Designs were developed using Photoshop – an industry standard graphics imaging programme.  The students made their own moulds by vacuum forming food-grade PET (polyethylene terephthalate – used extensively in packaging) over a MDF form.  Melted chocolate – using the microwave ovens in the Food rooms – was cast into the prepared moulds and left to set.  The chocolate bars were then protected by an aluminium foil liner and a printed wrapper was applied – producing very professional-looking prototypes.

Y10 Afternoon Tea

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students invited their favourite teachers and support staff for an afternoon tea party. A fabulous range of dainties, were beautifully presented on lovely china and tiered stands – freshly baked scones, meringues, butterfly cakes and a range of finger sandwiches – and, of course, tea was served.

Staff were amazed at the professional standard of the catering and were honoured to share in the results of the students’ achievements. All involved are to be congratulated. More tea please!


Colchester Institute Masterclass


Twenty Y11 students were treated to a knife skills masterclass given by Head Chef Martin Fordham from the leading catering training provider in the Eastern Region, the Colchester Institute.  Chef Martin has had decades of experience and was able to show our students safe techniques for jointing a chicken and how to fillet a very large salmon.  These skills both add value to raw ingredients and are essential for the students’ CV, should they choose a career in catering.  Knives were flourished with varying degrees of success to produce attractive garnishes – practice makes perfect, after all.