Year 11 Hospitality and Catering students at the Wey Valley School provided an exceptional three course Italian evening for friends, family and staff as part of their GCSE course.


The evening which involved 13 hours of preparation, serving to over 50 guests and included 12 different Italian dishes took place in the school’s Richards’ Room – the newly extended Dining Room.


Course teacher, Verity Harmey said, “the evening was a great success and the students produced a great range of fantastic Italian meals.  The Italian evening accounts for 60% of their GCSE studies and all the students performed at a high level, whether it was food preparation, menu design, kitchen work or waiting on tables”.


Josh Comben in Year 11 was pleased with the evening adding “we have had some great feedback from guests.  We all worked well as a team and ensured the three courses were tabled on time.”


Charlotte Cheatle said, “the food preparation during the school day was a real challenge but we got there in the end.  We also had to cater for special dietary requests.  Most of the preparation took place in our catering rooms but we also used the school’s main kitchen which is based next to the Richards’ Room”.


Jack Brown added, “we did a similar hospitality event but to a much smaller scale in Year 10 which really helped us to think about planning and preparation for the Italian evening.  The evening was great fun but hard work and I would certainly recommend the course to other students as it provides great life skills as well as a great qualification if you wish to pursue catering later in life”.


Mrs Carol Watson, Vice Principal at Wey Valley, who was one of the guests praised the students for a wonderful evening, “the students were superb and a credit to the school – a great deal of effort and skill went into the evening and all guests were impressed with the quality of service and meals. Hospitality and Catering is a popular GCSE course at Wey Valley and I am pleased that the many after school events enable our students to showcase their skills and learning to a wide audience”.