Kettering school salon will be a cut above the rest

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The ribbon has been cut at a hairdressing salon in Kettering run by pupils with learning difficulties.

The Studio, a salon and creche in Lower Street, was officially opened by Katie Razzall and Kate Ansell of Channel 4 News on Wednesday.

Shannon Faulkner, with hairdresser Cliff Lambert, Katie Razzall, Mayor of Kettering Keli Watts and Daniel Keene

Shannon Faulkner, with hairdresser Cliff Lambert, Katie Razzall, Mayor of Kettering Keli Watts and Daniel Keene

The venture is being run by pupils from Wren Spinney School, who assist a trained hairdresser.

The school, which already has a sweetshop in Kettering, has also been recognised for its work at the two premises as it picked up two prizes at the Pride in Northamptonshire awards last week.

Headteacher Debbie Withers said: “The Shop was our first project. That’s been open for coming up to four years.

“The idea is to provide real-life and long-term work experience for our post-16 youngsters.

“We wanted them to have the opportunity to practise life skills and that has worked really successfully.

“One of the ideas we had had was hair and beauty, because that’s what a lot of youngsters are interested in.

“Once we were confident they were ready then we opened to the public.

“That was at the end of the summer term.

“People who have come into the Studio have been really interested and impressed with the skills and techniques of the young people.”

The Channel 4 duo filmed pupils last year as part of a look at the legacy of the Paralympic Games.

Pupils will use the new premises, which includes a workshop, to film the Wren Spinney news, which is broadcast to fellow students in assembly.

Mrs Withers added: “That was something Kate and Katie really enjoyed and took a great interest in.”