New City College students launch new Wanstead cafe during disability festival

PUBLISHED: 11:40 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:23 23 July 2018

The Festival in the Park in Wanstead. The launch being celebrated at the Cherry Tree Cafe

The Festival in the Park in Wanstead. The launch being celebrated at the Cherry Tree Cafe


Special educational needsstudents from Redbridge’s New City College campus have officially opened a new cafe in Wanstead granting them priceless industry experience.

The Cherry Tree Café, a short walk from Wanstead station, combines casual dining, tea, coffee and classic pastries, cakes and baguettes, all freshly baked and prepared by talented students.

Some of the students who have been training at the café this year volunteered to work there during the Wanstead ‘Festival in the Park’ on Wednesday, July 18.

They dealt with crowds of customers and one SEND student, Mudasser, had decided that his next supported internship year should be in the café as he enjoyed the experience so much.

Terry Knight, the college’s senior curriculum manager, who helped mentor students on the day said: “An ideal opportunity to experience real work conditions with the full support of the college. A tough and tiring day that the learners handled well with full enthusiasm.”

The Cherry Tree Café is expected to open to the public early next academic year on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s, offering work experience to the students, and a great place to enjoy good quality, fresh, home-made food for the public.

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