Cookery School

Cookery School is an exciting opportunity for secondary schools.

Four practical sessions using locally sourced, in-season produce are based at the school and spread over an academic year, with the fifth session a farm visit to see where the produce comes from and how it is grown.

Cookery School is free and can fit into your school timetable; taking place during lessons, lunchtimes or after school. However, at the present time it is fully subscribed and a waiting list is in place. Please email to be added.

The farms currently supporting Cookery School are: 
Coleshill Organics
Peterley Manor Farm
Cobbs Farm
Cobbs at Englefield
Hare Hatch Sheeplands


“Cookery School, run with great enthusiasm and skill, is now an established program in Dedworth Middle School. The pupils who go through the program get an enormous amount of benefit. In the past we have selected G & T pupils, SEN pupils, behaviour issues and now we decided to target EAL. This program gives pupils confidence and allows them to bond with an elite group. Pupils are given excellent guidance on practical, seasonal cooking reinforcing and developing many aspects of the curriculum. All pupils who participate thoroughly enjoy the program and are more prepared for adulthood as a result. I hope Jan continues to work with Dedworth Middle School.” – Dedworth Middle School

“We have been taking part in the Cookery School for the past few years. We are very pleased with the outcomes for our students and will definitely like to continue to support this program.

Jan Murray is an excellent leader of the cookery school and delivers a program suitable for all abilities taking into account any disabilities or issues the students may have.

The students gain a lot of skills from these sessions, for example, working as a team or group, sharing, socialising as well as learning key life skills.

All our students have shown improvement in their social and emotional development and have enjoyed every session with Jan.” – The Downs School