A LOCAL high school has made an addition to its curriculum that means pupils will have to wake up ... and sell the coffee!
Fred Longworth High School, on Printshop Lane, Tyldesley, has bought a mobile coffee van as part of an ambitious new enterprise project which aims to teach pupils about business and marketing all in one fell swoop.
Around 20 youngsters in Year 10 will run the Piaggio Ape van as a business, starting out by selling teas and coffees to staff and fellow pupils at lunchtimes three days a week.
The school bought the van from The Big Coffee, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of mobile coffee carts, who visited Fred Longworth to meet the new ‘baristas’ and give them some training in the art of brewing the perfect cup of coffee.
And if the pupils prove to be dab hands at the coffee trade, it is hoped they will branch out to offering drinks out and about in the local community.
This is the first time the school has tried out such a long-term project, and it will go towards the pupils’ ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness qualification and provide them with a basic hygiene certificate.
Miko Coffee in Leigh is supplying the school with the coffee, while the new entrepreneurs will also benefit from the marketing expertise of North West Design Studios.
Head of Applied Learning Martin Ainscough said: “I saw the mobile coffee van and decided it would be a good idea to buy one.
“Like most schools we struggle for space so being mobile was a good point.
“It won’t take up a classroom or anything.
“We’ve done one-off enterprise events before, but nothing as sustained as this.
“Any money the scheme makes will go back into the course, giving pupils the opportunities to get out and about on trips. It will be up to them how they spend the profits, but we haven’t discussed it with them yet.
“As a school we’re really interested in applied learning, and this is an exciting opportunity.”