Students Launch Pop-up RestaurantsPosted: 21st March 2018
School classrooms were turned into inviting restaurants – all in the name of education.
Year 11 hospitality GCSE students at Royal Docks Academy, in Newham, served 80 customers at their four pop-up restaurants.
As part of their studies, the students had to set up a restaurant, having researched and created a theme and a menu.
Nadia Kitouni, design, technology and art teacher, said: “Students had to look at different types of food and service before coming up with their own venture. They planned out the décor to give their restaurants a nice atmosphere to reflect their theme and had to think about marketing and publicity to bring in the diners.
“The results from the customer surveys the students carried out were absolutely fantastic.”
Teachers were invited along to the restaurants to eat a full meal during lunchtime.
Mrs Kitouni said: “Students took a whole day off of the usual timetable to complete their practical exams. They spent the morning cooking and preparing the restaurants, before serving the food and carrying out customer surveys and evaluating their work.
“I am very proud of the hospitality students who all did really well.”
The school’s hospitality GCSE results are well above the national average, with 60 per cent of students achieving A* to C grades last summer.
Mrs Kitouni believes the backgrounds of many of the students means they are prime to achieve in the subject.
Many of our students come from vibrant cultures, where food and big events are a part of what they do. They are full of ideas and they know their food as it is a big part of their culture at home. For that reason, our students thrive.