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Salon adds finishing touch to Combe Pafford

WOODEN Spoon Devon officially handed over a hairdressing salon project at Combe Pafford Special Needs School in Torquay on 21st March 2018. Mr England (aka Pete Cross), the official mascot of the RFU kindly performed the opening ceremony on our behalf.

This is the second project we have funded at Combe Pafford School; we were so impressed with the difference our first donation made to the school ten years ago that we were more than happy to support them in their latest development.

Combe Pafford caters for pupils aged 8-19 who have moderate learning difficulties, sometimes combined with physical difficulties or other complex needs. They believe strongly in helping their students develop important social and personal skills along with providing the best education they can. They provide lots of work-related learning and vocational activities too, inspiring their students to future job opportunities. This is achieved by having on-site business enterprise units for vehicle maintenance, building construction, animal care, horticulture, hospitality and catering, and now hairdressing has been added to that long list of options.

The state-of-the-art, glass fronted salon has a modern reception area, five washbasins and ten styling stations. It allows pupils to experience working in a retail environment, develop their customer care skills as well as developing personal care. It is already proving popular for children’s ‘pamper parties’ and this brings further business to the onsite Yellow Frog Café, again run by students, who are keen to develop their catering and hospitality skills.

Combe Pafford salon opening

The new hairdressing salon at Combe Pafford.

A short visit to Combe Pafford quickly demonstrates what an exciting and interesting environment the head teacher and staff have provided there. The students obviously enjoy their time in school and there is a great sense of purpose all around.

To read about the first project funded at Combe Pafford see Donation sparks school’s decade of growth and also the article within the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Spoonews.