Parents waiting to collect their children from one Haverhill primary school can now substitute a chilly playground for a far cosier environment after it opened its own community café.
Café Coupals was officially opened at Coupals Primary School last Thursday (31) by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Tim Marks, and the Mayor of Haverhill, Pat Hanlon.
Cllr Marks said: “This is a really splendid initiative and gives the kids an insight into what real life is going to be later on.
“Very well done indeed and a big hand to the children.”
Although it was its official launch, it was the third time the café (which opens on the last Thursday of each month) has opened.
The café is managed by higher level teaching assistant Sandra Linnane and staffed by year five pupils, who are the waiters and operate the till.
It has been set up as a profit making enterprise, selling Costa coffee and home baked cakes. Any tips taken by the waiters are donated to a charity of their choice.
Mrs Linnane, who was credited by head teacher Charles Hardingham with coming up with the idea, said: “Each time we ran it we improved what we are doing. We’ve had to add more tables and add more staff.
“It’s been very popular. Some of the parents come before they pick up their children and some come back after they have picked them up.”
Coupals is part of the Young Enterprise, Learning by Doing scheme, and the cafe, which teaches children a variety of skills, has been opened under the initiative’s auspices.