Kitchen plans are dished up

St John Fisher Catholic Academy. Head teacher Frank Barratt showing the plans for the new extensions to Kiera Beck, Patrick Lodge, Daphney Adebayo and Daryn Tirol
St John Fisher Catholic Academy. Head teacher Frank Barratt showing the plans for the new extensions to Kiera Beck, Patrick Lodge, Daphney Adebayo and Daryn Tirol
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There are exciting developments on the menu at St John Fisher following the unveiling of plans for a new kitchen.

Headteacher Frank Barratt has secured some £235,000 in government funding for the work, which is part of bigger plans to transform the Hackenthorpe academy’s rundown buildings.

Mr Barratt said: “I joined the school in September 2012 and it’s just been one challenge after another.

“One of the significant challenges was the state of the buildings - they were very tired and not conducive to good learning.

“They weren’t inspiring places, they were quite run down and because the buildings had been altered the kitchen was quite far away from the dining room.”

At the moment, children must collect their lunch trays from the servery then face a fair walk - which includes a flight of stairs - to get to the dining hall.

“I had never seen anything so ridiculous in my life,” said Mr Barratt.

“I’m delighted that the work has started.

“The building is a very unique design - I think that’s the best way to put it - and we are working really hard to make it the space our children deserve.”

In addition to the new servery area, which will be directly next to the dining hall, the funding will enable the school to get a new fire alarm system, fire doors, fitted cupboards, a car park and fire exits along with some new carpets and a lick of paint.

The latest phase of re-development follows a £150,000 grant from the Diocese, which enabled the academy to have a new entranceway built to keep the building secure.

Mr Barratt said the next priority will be to bid for funding towards a new roof and a re-vamp of the toilet facilities.