We are thrilled that we are now supplying a selection of our breads to Downe House School, a local independent girls’ day and boarding school. The school now places orders for rolls, loaves and speciality breads which amounts to 80% of the weekly consumption by girls and staff at the site – the school caters for more than 1,000 people at lunchtime and 700 for breakfast and dinner, seven days a week during term time, making this a large order to fulfil for Bread & Beyond.

Bakery manager Dylan Needham said: “It is fantastic that a neighbouring school is showing its support for both a local enterprise and Prior’s Court’s efforts to provide vocational training and employment opportunities for young people with severe autism.

“The employability skills our young people are learning at Bread & Beyond are hugely valuable and by securing more orders such as this arrangement with Downe House School, our young bakers can get a taste of how a bakery business works.

“We look forward to a successful working arrangement with Downe House School and thank its staff and students for their support.”

Downe House School is based in Cold Ash, three miles away from Prior’s Court, which played a part in the arrangement being set up.

Catering and events manager at Downe House School, Sarah Dyson added: “We are committed to working with local businesses wherever possible and are delighted that through placing a regular bread order with Bread & Beyond, we are able to support this very worthwhile venture at Prior’s Court.

“The fact that the bread is such high quality and is freshly baked just three miles down the road at a neighbouring school makes this a mutually rewarding arrangement.”

Baking is an activity which suits the strength and skills of people with autism; highly process driven, practical and with an end product which is rewarding and motivating. 

While the bakery shop is not open to the general public, Bread & Beyond products are available at a number of outlets across the West Berkshire area, including Budgens, in Wash Common, and Casey Fields Farm Shop, in Ashampstead. We also supply all the bread and baked goods on the Prior’s Court site, catering for around 90 young people and 600 staff members.