It was with great delight that The Croft welcomed local Michelin star restaurateur, Paul Foster to open The Croft’s new Kitchen and Dining Hall. Paul gave a motivational speech to the children, telling them the secret of his success wasn’t luck but hard work, dedication and a passion for his career. The inspiring speech made us think about the real life lessons The Croft had been able to demonstrate to the children over the summer.
On the evening of Monday 11 June a fire broke out in the kitchen; Warwickshire Fire and Rescue managed to contain the blaze but the kitchen, dining hall, a class-room and an office were all damaged.
The Thornton family, who own and teach at the school, and Mr Cook the Headmaster, took the unprecedented decision to close the school for one day only, and by Wednesday a plan was in place - nearly 400 children and a 100 staff were back at school. Blessed with good weather everyone ate their packed lunches in the beautiful grounds. The second week after the fire, excited children and staff watched an enormous crane deliver three self-contained kitchen pods in which, Mrs Edwards and the Catering Team were able to cook lunch again! Lunch was served in a marquee, which had been erected in the Prep playground.
Over the summer holidays and the first half of Michaelmas term, nearly £1 million was spent creating the new fantastic kitchen and dining hall facilities. The dining hall is bright and cheery for the children and the kitchen is an efficient and ergonomic workspace for the catering team.
One of the Croft’s Core Values, resilience, is embedded in our curriculum. In the face of adversity following the fire, the Croft School community, children and staff, were able to demonstrate a practical application of this Core Value. The fire was a set-back - a massive inconvenience; however no-one was hurt and school carried on. Homework still needed to be handed in!
We are very grateful to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue service whose professionalism ensured that The Croft is still teaching on Alveston Hill.