On Monday 20th October, pupils at the High Weald Academy rolled up their sleeves and got baking for a bit of friendly competition, whilst raising money for their chosen Charity. The first High Weald Bake Off was used as part of High Weald Academy’s re-launched inter-house competition programme.

The entries, which were open to the whole school, had to be made by the pupils themselves; not bought. These included cupcakes, tray bakes, bread and biscuits.

Lucinda Hamilton (Loulou), the owner of Cocolicious, a local Pâtisserie Café in Cranbrook, was on hand as an independent judge.

Loulou said: “I was so excited to be judging Cranbrook’s first bake-off. My children help me bake (and taste) all the time, so I know how talented young people can be in the kitchen.”

Once the baked goods had been judged, the winners were awarded House points and all entries were sold to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Carrie Beech, Principal of High Weald Academy, says: “The High Weald Academy Bake Off has really inspired our pupils to get creative in the kitchen and bake something special to raise money for charity – and win house points for their school teams.”