The Maltings resource centre is now open

Offical opening of the vocational learning centre at The Maltings, Ovenden Wood. Catering student Luke Everett aged fourteen.
Offical opening of the vocational learning centre at The Maltings, Ovenden Wood. Catering student Luke Everett aged fourteen.

THE idea was set in motion over a pint, so it’s only apt the building used to house the new-look Maltings school is a former brewery.

The Maltings has had its official opening.

The building at the former Fountain Head brewery is open to both students at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe and other students who want to study vocational courses. It is also open for community use. The school’s business manager saw the potential in the former brewery in September 2010, by November the building was secured. Plans were then put in place to open it as an extra learning centre for the school and a resource for the whole of Calderdale.

The state-of-the-art facilities can also be hired out for large-scale public events.

Executive headteacher Anthony Smith said: “There’s a demand in Calderdale for high quality hospitality provision. A lot of people go out of the area for it.”

The kitchen will help train students in Levels One to Three hospitality and catering qualifications for 14-year-olds.

The first wave of students were on hand at the opening to provide tasty treats to guests including Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri and the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe.

Mr Fekri said: “To see a mix of professional and educational courses put together as well as being a resource for the whole of Calderdale is wonderful.”

Year 10 student Luke Everett, 14, was one of the students using the facilities. He is working towards a Hospitality and Catering City and Guilds.

“I like doing practical work and I want some qualifications so I can go into a kitchen and become a chef,” he said.

Also giving their backing to the scheme was Saks hair salons. Tina Rook from the national company was full of praise for the scheme and said it was the first school “to get it right”.