FOOD AT THE OLD SCHOOL
The Old School Café is a friendly, community-operated café offering cake and coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea. Located in a new conservatory-style extension, with lovely views our grounds. Walkers and dogs are very welcome, and cycle racks are available for cyclists.
The Old School has a varied programme of community activities and events taking place weekly, monthly and annually. Find out more about what goes on in the building, and book online for Old School School events.
Our Community Hall is available to hire for community groups, individuals and businesses.
The Old School is registered with Milton Keynes Council for weddings and civil partnerships.
Our shop sells a range of Old School gifts, cakes and bakes which support the day-to-day running of the building.
Our 3 bedroom Guest House is a characterful and cosy place to stay for families or solo travellers.
THE OLD SCHOOL IS DIFFERENT
The Old School is operated by Future Wolverton, a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society, and it operates very differently from most community buildings. The three social enterprises that are based at the building are run by a small team of paid staff, who work alongside Work Placement Trainees. Our trainees come from a variety of backgrounds, but all of them need some extra support on their personal journey to paid employment. The Old School provides a place where they can experience a variety of work tasks, and gain skills and qualifications.
We currently offer work placements to students from Slated Row School and The Walnuts School, both community special schools who are part of the Aspire Federation. The students work in the Community Café and Guest House, gaining skills and qualifications in hospitality and customer service.
Making Tracks at the Old School provides help and support to autistic adults in their journeys towards paid employment. We offer the opportunity to experience the world of work in its various forms, as well as providing skills development in areas such as constructing CVs and writing application forms.
The Old School has a fabulous wooded setting and is located very close to Ouse Valley Park and the Grand Union Canal. Our “Into Nature” Programme is all about exploring and learning about this environment and includes our popular Forest School sessions for families during school holidays.
If you’d like to find out more about the Old School, volunteer your time, or get involved in supporting one of our projects do get in touch.