Bake off takes over school students

The Great Abbot’s Lea School Bake Off

A group of talented senior students from Abbot’s Lea School have been crowned ‘Star Bakers’ as part of its show-stopping Bake Off competition.

The  -based school, which specialises in high-quality holistic education for students with autism and a range of associated learning needs, invited its Key stage four classes to bake and build bespoke gingerbread creations.

The competition was split into two categories and each group was judged on taste and presentation, giving them the chance to really wow judges with either their flavours or design.

Entries included a number of innovative bakes that showcased the technical and creative abilities of the students, from desert islands to picture postcard cottages.

Head of secondary department, Mr McVerry and head of care and safeguarding, Miss Twomey took on the roles of Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. However, judging each gingerbread creation proved particularly difficult as the standards of entries were incredibly high.  

Bake off

The champions for ‘overall taste’ was the Papua New Guinea class which produced a house of cards with an Alice in Wonderland theme, complete with figures of key characters from the story.

The winner for ‘overall presentation’ was the Christmas Island class with their interpretation of Abbot’s Lea House in a winter setting, the building in which the school is situated, and a gingerbread model of the headteacher, Mrs Hildrey.

Mrs Ania Hildrey said:  “The school is a big fan of The Great British Bake Off and we thought it would be a great idea to hold our own version of the competition to encourage creativity, teamwork and to develop basic life skill of baking.

“The students and staff were very excited to get started and their ideas were truly impressive. To see the finished products was fantastic as you could really appreciate all the hard work they put in.”

“Making learning fun helps bring the school together and support students in engaging in activities which some of them would otherwise find tedious! Baking is a great way of encouraging sensory development as introducing new tastes and textures is important to opening doors to new life experiences. Most importantly, it is about collaboration, negotiation, consensus and shared work towards a common goal. Grass-root leadership!”

Abbot’s Lea School is an outstanding school that provides the highest quality of specialist education for students aged 3-19 living with autism and a range of associated communication, interaction, social, imagination, sensory and learning differences.

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