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Parkside School in Norwich takes over city’s White Lion Cafe

PUBLISHED: 06:30 08 January 2015

Parkside School students at the White Lion Café which the school has taken over. Starting to learn the ropes, Sebastian Sneyd, 17; and Shannon Grimes, 16. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Parkside School students at the White Lion Café which the school has taken over. Starting to learn the ropes, Sebastian Sneyd, 17; and Shannon Grimes, 16. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Cafe culture is on the timetable at one Norwich school, after it snapped up a popular city dining spot.

The White Lion Café which has been taken on by Parkside School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe White Lion Café which has been taken on by Parkside School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Parkside School, in College Road, has today taken over the lease for the White Lion Cafe in White Lion Street.

Teachers at the special school hope youngsters will boost their career prospects by gaining work experience, and that the venue will provide a place for current and former students to meet up and socialise.

The move comes as the cafe’s founders, husband and wife team Steven and Georgia Kelly, are going to tour America to write a food blog called In Search of Honest Food.

The pair had set up the business from scratch three years ago, fitting out an empty unit.

Parkside School students at the White Lion Café which the school has taken over. Starting to learn the ropes, from left, Oliver Nunn, 16; Aiden Powell, 16; and Ross Vellenoweth, 16. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYParkside School students at the White Lion Café which the school has taken over. Starting to learn the ropes, from left, Oliver Nunn, 16; Aiden Powell, 16; and Ross Vellenoweth, 16. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Bob Holderness, assistant head teacher of Parkside School, said that the White Lion would be closed to the public while students were trained up, and there would be a grand opening event on February 27.

It will be run by groups of around half a dozen students in shifts, with two adults helping.

Parkside students aged 14 and older will staff the restaurant four days per week, its sixth form college - called Pathways College and based at the Hewett School - will staff it on Wednesdays. Mr Holderness said students, under a catering manager, would make soups, sandwiches, cakes and jacket potatoes.

“We consider it primarily as an education plan rather than a business plan,” he explained. “It’s not necessary that we make a profit from day one, but we think we can run this as a proper going concern.”

He added it would be a “comfort blanket” for students who had left the school, and a support network for parents.

Student Ross Vellenoweth, 16, of Blofield, said he was looking forward to working at the cafe, and had held meetings about the skills that would be needed. For details, email Helen Holderness at hholderness9nrs@nsix.org.uk


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