Students feed creative juices at charity’s development day

Lunch is served at the staff and Trustee away day

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Staff and Trustees of Inspire Schools and the KM Charity Team staged an away day to attract new members and supporters.

The event was held at Swale Sixth Form in Sittingbourne whose hospitality and catering students treated delegates to a two course lunch.

As well as evaluating the charity’s mission statement and published values, the 20 delegates also began planning a strategy to attract extra supporters and members.

Away day facilitator Teresa Curteis (second left) from the University of Kent briefs staff and Trustees

Oliver Ross, Head of Centre at the Swale Sixth Form, invited the charity to stage its away day in the venue’s function rooms to give his students the opportunity to test their skills. The student team cooked roast pork chop, parmentier potatoes, savoy cabbage and apple gravy, followed by sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

The convenor for the day was Teresa Curteis, Head of Traffic Management and Travel at the University of Kent, who is a former Trustee of Inspire Schools and a passionate ambassador of its walk to school initiative.

Simon Dolby, Chief Executive of Inspire Schools and the KM Charity Team, said: “The day was extremely worthwhile and brought the whole team together to look at a number of big issues. To also be treated to such a fantastic meal by the chefs of the future was brilliant. Our charity is passionate about giving youngsters opportunities to shine and so it was highly appropriate for us to stage our team event at Swale Sixth Form Centre. I am so grateful to Oliver and to Teresa for their support.”

KM Charity Team is the Kent division of educational charity Inspire Schools which provides services and activities promoting health and wellbeing, literacy, science, and the arts for schools across the south east. Visit

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