Royal Blind School Cafe opens

Posted: 10/03/2015 | Education

Last week the Royal Blind School opened its brand new pupil run café in the refurbished Canaan Lane campus in Morningside. After head teacher Elaine Brackenridge cut the ribbon, hungry and excited members of staff and guests were met by a bright and spacious café with big windows, beautifully set tables with elegant tea china cups and flowers laid out on each one.

The café has a unique innovative ordering service using Braille cards in two boxes; one labelled choices containing pictures of scones, cakes, coffee etc. and the other labelled orders. The young people come to your table and take the orders box, open it and are able to read the order in braille giving them independence in the cafe. The young people also serve the food and drinks and clear your table.

Young people with a visual impairment can face significant additional challenges when they leave school. The café is run by the pupils to provide them with general essential life skills and responsibilities outside of the classroom.

The cafe echoes the Schools ‘can do’ attitude as it is all about a huge sense of community whilst learning and developing life skills. Pupils running the cafe are taught practicalities such as cooking and cleaning but also working tills, time management and maintaining a high level of customer service.

All agreed it was fantastic the redeveloped school now has its own pupil café for all to enjoy and spoke of their enthusiasm about opening its doors to the local community. The café is loved by pupils, staff, family and friends who would highly recommend the legendary fresh scones and cakes.