Ready, steady, let’s get cooking! Fun event marks Ashlyns School switch

Just over a year ago, county bosses decided to change the education system in Berkhamsted.

After 41 years of being part of a three-tier system, Ashlyns School has become a secondary school for the second time in its history, once again educating children from the age of 11.

Ashlyns School cooking challenge.

Ashlyns School cooking challenge.

The school in Chesham Road, Berkhamsted, was previously part of the lower, middle and upper schools system.

To mark the change, Mayor of Berkhamsted Ian Reay, joined the school’s new year groups - Years 7 and 8 - in a Fun into Food competition.

The event, sponsored by Chartwells, involved two teams, competing against each other to produce a dish.

The audience voted to decide who had produced the winning plate of food and Councillor Reay presented the Ashlyns Catering Shield to the winning team.

Following the competition he joined headteacher James Shapland to view improvements funded by Herts County Council that have been made to the school.

The next phase of improvements at Ashlyns will begin in the new year when a sports hall will be built.

Mr Shapland said: “We are delighted that the change to become a secondary school has been so successful.

“A tour around our school in the first few days confirmed to me what a positive experience it has been for the students and staff at Ashlyns.

“Our school is brimming with enthusiasm and talent and the change will help us continue to go from strength to strength in the future.”

You can watch a video report on the event on our websites now.