Ready, set, bake! Sutton pupils in Junior Bake Off challenge to raise money for school community

The heat is on at Hill West Primary School this summer as budding cooks prepare to go whisk to whisk in a Junior Bake Off style fundraising competition.

Children from all classes will take part in a cookery challenge via Zoom to raise funds for the Hill West Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA). Families are already rising to the challenge, with the first contest taking place on June 26.

The competition, which will take place over three weekends in June and July, will see each year group challenged to create their own bakes – from classic fairy cakes in reception to the ambitious Meringue Pie in year 6. Entry costs £5 and all proceeds will be poured back into the school community to benefit pupils.

Teacher Clare Whelan said: “We are all so excited about the class Bake Off challenge. It’s lovely to be able to bring our families together in this way and provide children with nice experiences after the year they’ve had – and all for a good cause. I’m raring to go, and looking forward to seeing all those delicious bakes!”

The children, with the help of their parents, will follow a basic recipe card to prepare their bakes in the oven during the Zoom call. The class teacher or teaching assistant will ask them about their cake and their design. At the end of the session, each child can taste test their own culinary creation with their family.

All children will receive a certificate of participation and there will be a fun, informal assessment at the end of the call.


Dr Beth Clarke, headteacher of Hill West Primary School, which is part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP), said: “We are so lucky to have such an active and supportive PFTA.

“It’s lovely to be able to bring our families together in this way and provide children with nice experiences after the year they’ve had – and all for a good cause.”
– teacher clare whelan

“They have had to be inventive in their fundraising during the pandemic and once again they have cooked up another recipe for success! Previous fundraisers have included our virtual balloon race and fun run and we’ve used the funds raised to treat and support our children.

“Thank you to our wonderful school community for their continued enthusiasm and generosity.”

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