Aspiring chefs at Northampton College have been challenged to come up with a dish that awakens the senses as part of a charity dinner raising awareness of visual impairments.
The event, called ‘Dining in the Dark’, is being held at the college’s own restaurant ‘The Lane’ and has been organised by NAB, the sight support charity for Northamptonshire.
Guests will enjoy a lavish dinner created by chefs from The Perfect Country Pub Company and assisted by catering students at Booth Lane. The students have been challenged to come up with ideas for a special amuse bouche which will be served on the night. The dish must focus on other senses, such as sound, touch and smell – making it suitable for anyone with a visual impairment.
Phil Martin, head of hospitality and catering at Northampton College, said: “Dining in the Dark is a brilliant concept and gives our students to think more about the challenges of preparing food for those with limited or no vision. It’s an opportunity for them to get creative and I’m looking forward to tasting what they come up with.”
The students’ creations will be judged later this month with the winning dish served at the dinner on Wednesday, October 2.
Rhian Williams, fundraising manager at NAB, said: “Dining in the Dark promises to be a real insight into how so many with limited vision live their daily lives. It will be a multi-sensory experience to remember and we can’t wait to see what Northampton College students have in store.”
Guests will wear sight loss ‘simulation specs’ to experience what it’s like being blind or partially sighted while Northampton Saints legend Christian Day will give an after-dinner talk followed by a charity auction to raise money for sight loss.
The event is being held in partnership with Tompkins Knight & Son Optometrists, Warners Distillery and Amps Fine Wines.
NAB is sponsoring the new ‘Dining for All’ category at the 2019 Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, championing venues which go above and beyond to promote inclusivity and accessibility.
The number of Northampton College students achieving high grades at GCSE is on the up – with a focus on support for students and high expectations now reaping rewards.
More than one in three students (34 per cent) taking their English GCSE achieved a high grade (grade 4-9) while 27 per cent did so in maths (up from 24 per cent last year) - well above national averages for FE colleges.
The results back up the college’s status as the leading provider of further education in the South East Midlands region and build on last year’s Ofsted inspection, which rated the college as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding features’.
Having turned 17 on Tuesday, Harry Heaphy celebrated his birthday in style by earning a grade 7 in English - the equivalent to an A grade. The result has given him the chance to study A Levels and he hopes to progress onto university and a potential career in journalism.
He said: "I'm absolutely over the moon. I needed a grade 5 and that was what I was hoping to get so to actually get a grade 7 is amazing. I'm buzzing."
Tatiana Lomakina, originally from Russia, wasn’t confident about using the qualifications achieved in her homeland when applying for jobs in Northampton. Having studied at Booth Lane she now has a grade 8 in maths and will study accountancy from September.
She said: “I’m very grateful to everyone at Northampton College, I had a brilliant tutor and it’s a brilliant place to learn. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
Overall, GCSE results at the College remained strong, with an overall pass rate of 97 per cent.
Principal of Northampton College, Pat Brennan-Barrett, said: “We are thrilled to see so many people now able to progress and move on in their lives having achieved the grades they need at GCSE.
“The increase in the number of students achieving high grades is particularly pleasing. We set high expectations of our students, making sure that they always attended their classes regularly and punctually and instilling a culture of hard work and determination. I am thrilled to see our students reap the rewards of months of dedication.
“I am proud of our staff who have worked so hard to support their students throughout the year. They have made a real difference.”
GCSE results day: Thursday 22 August 2019
You will be able to collect your GCSE results on Thursday, 22 August from 9am at Booth Lane and Daventry (depending on where you sat your exams). They will be available to collect until midday at Daventry and 5pm at Booth Lane, after which time they will be posted to your home address.
Please ensure you bring along photographic ID when collecting your results – your College ID card is ideal. Alternatively your driving licence or passport will be fine.
Your results will also be available via your secure login on the Moodle system.
If you are unable to collect your results in person, you can nominate someone to collect them on your behalf. However, they will need to bring a letter from yourself giving them permission to do so as well as their own photographic ID.
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