14 May, 2019
Stoke High School – Ormiston Academy in Ipswich is preparing to launch a brand-new community project this month.
On 24 May the school will open ‘A Piece of Cake,’ a community café organised and run by its pupils and open to all in the local area.
The café will be serving hot drinks, homemade cakes and more every Friday between 2-4pm and aims to encourage members of the community to join together, get to know each other and share a conversation over a slice of cake.
The café, which is on the school site, has been made possible by the #iwill campaign and Ormiston Trust. In October 2018, Ormiston Trust provided funding to schools in the OAT network of schools to plan and run social action projects in their communities.
The #iwill social action projects give pupils attending OAT schools the chance to work for and alongside their communities, learn new skills, develop character and wellbeing, and contribute to the areas they live in.
The pupils running the café have also selected a series of themes to raise funds for throughout the year, starting with Dementia Awareness in June.
Lara Jackson, a teacher at the school who leads on the project said: “We’d love for people to come to ‘A Piece of Cake’ as the standard of baking is so high. However, the greatest benefit to members of the community is that they will receive a warm welcome from our pupils and the opportunity to interact with new friends.
“Our pupils will benefit from this project by enjoying a social space that links them to the wider community and encourages parental engagement too. They will be able to showcase their skills and talents whilst engaging in a meaningful work experience placement and giving back to the community.”
The café opens officially on 24 May at 2pm with a launch party, where afternoon tea and fresh strawberry and cream cake will be served, before Stoke High School continues to trade weekly.
Check the school’s website and social media for ongoing opening hours.