Ormiston Academies Trust is part of the Guinness World Records history

  21 November, 2023

Ormiston Academies Trust has smashed the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for ‘The Largest Baking Lesson (Multiple Venues)’ with over 700 individual bakers stepping into the kitchen.

Students and staff from across our trust are celebrating their baking skills, as they are officially jointly crowned a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title holder as part of a joint effort in our nationwide baking lesson.

Twenty two of our academies across the UK took part in a virtual cooking lesson, with pupils, academy staff and central team staff, all putting on their aprons to learn how to create a delicious, record-breaking mango galette.

Thanks to all the academies that got involved:

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, Broadland High Ormiston Academy, Brownhills Ormiston Academy, Cowes Enterprise College, Ormiston Endeavor Academy, Flegg High Ormiston Academy, Ormiston Forge Academy, George Salter Academy, Ormiston Horizon Academy, Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, Ormiston Maritime Academy, Ormiston NEW Academy, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Ormiston South Parade Academy, Ormiston Six Villages Academy, Ormiston Park Academy, Ormiston Rivers Academy, Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, Ormiston Victory Academy, Wodensborough Ormiston Academy, Sandymoor Ormiston Academy and Ormiston Meridian Academy. Also, we mustn’t forget our invested central team staff that came together in the West Midlands to participate in achieving this record!

In an official presentation ceremony, at Ormiston Six Villages Academy, Guinness World Records adjudicator confirmed that OAT has beaten the previous record, which stood at 497 people, with an incredible 713 budding bakers taking part in the live tutorial.

All of our pupils across the primaries and secondaries thoroughly enjoyed themselves…

Travis Bivens-Alderson, a Year 5 pupil at Ormiston South Parade Academy in Grimsby said, “I really enjoyed taking part with my class and teachers, breaking a world record. It was very exciting. The bakes also tasted beautiful.”

Year 9 student Gigi Chumpolpakdee, a Year 9 pupil at Cowes Enterprise College, an Ormiston Academy, on the Isle of White said, “It actually went really well! It was a lot of fun. I learned a lot in the experience and am really proud to be part of a Guinness World Record attempt.”

Gracie Locke, a Year 10 pupil at Flegg High Ormiston Academy in Great Yarmouth said,  “Very excited to think I contributed to a world record and even better that I was able to complete the fun task with my friends and teachers at school.”

This ambitious attempt follows The Great Ormiston Bake competition last year, where over 3,000 pupils competed to take home the prestigious baking title for their academy. Now, across our trust, we can celebrate together as we are officially confirmed as a part of Guinness World Records history.

Dan Woods, Lead Practitioner for food design and technology, said:
“We are so proud of all our academies, staff, and students for getting involved with this exciting challenge. It was great to see how much all our bakers across the country enjoyed creating their galettes, and the icing on the cake was to hear the Guinness World Records team confirm that we have officially broken the previous record.”

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