There was no 'loafing about' for industrious students at Gobowen's Derwen College, who are delighted to be ambassadors for national Real Bread Week.

Students at the specialist further education college have been busier than ever kneading, proving and baking homemade bread to support the week which runs from February 22 to March 1.

They have been asked to share their story with Real Bread Week as part of their Together We Rise campaign.

For hospitality and housekeeping students at Derwen, bread-making is part of students’ learning in core skills working towards their independence and employment skills.

Teacher Paula Hampson supports students through their catering and bakery skills, and emphasises that there is a lot for students to learn on many different levels.

As a teacher, Paula likes to get creative with bread, experimenting with different grains and shapes to support students’ learning.

She said: “The bread-making process is adapted for a range of students with different learning difficulties and disabilities.

"All can benefit from the process in some way, whether for their independence skills or for future employment.

“It is a pleasure to see students progress, and link their learning to baking for a commercial setting. Students can take pride in their produce being sold to customers in our shop or at the local market.”

Hospitality student Carys Williams said: “I really enjoy bread baking, especially the kneading, you have to put a lot of effort into it. I like the shaping as well, as you can be creative.

"Today is the first time I have tried to make a plaited loaf, and it’s turned out quite well.”

Retail student Sam Innes said: “I like working on the market every Wednesday, talking to customers and handing out samples of our home-made bread, jams and chutneys.

"As well improving my customer service skills, I help with the produce display, handle money, and encourage customers to come to our stall.”

Derwen College hospitality students make fresh bread with teacher support as part of their core skills catering training.

Fresh loaves and rolls are also sold by retail students at the college’s on-site Garden Centre Shop, and every Wednesday on a weekly market stall at the Bailey Head in Oswestry.

From producing and baking bread, to labelling up and selling, the story of Derwen’s bread, is an ideal example of how the college brings learning to life.