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Food Technology classes back on the menu at Carlisle school since floods

Year 8 students in their first Food Technology lesson in the new kitchen Credit: ITV Border

A Carlisle school have begun teaching lessons in Food Technology again after repairing the damage to their kitchen caused by the December 2015 floods.

Central Academy has been undergoing a year of refurbishment work on the campus.

The first lesson in the school's new kitchen took place today. The Food Technology department says learning about food can improve the quality of the students' lives.

Learning about food at Central Academy is a practically involving experience.

Food presents people with everyday decisions to make and problems to solve. Students need to develop the knowledge, skills and practical capability to meet needs and requirements through appropriate responses to the challenges which food presents in their lives.

As such, food has a role to play in linking aspects of education that relate to health, life skills and in preparing young people as citizens.

– Caroline Hetherington, Technology Teacher

Views sought on Borders schools

Credit: ITV Border

Parents, carers, staff, pupils and community groups are being asked to share their views on schools in the Scottish Borders.

An online questionnaire is available on Scottish Borders Council's website from today until April 11.

Information sessions are also being held at local high schools over the coming weeks.

The information gathered will be used by council officers to review the current school estate.

"This is not a programme about closure, about anything at all in that regard. What we're talking about is looking at what the estate is like, what the estate is going to be like going forward."

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC's executive member for education
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