Make a difference

Tinacre Hill, Compton, Wolverhampton, WV6 8DA
Tel: 01902 761889

Why Starfish Coffee?

One day, a young boy on holiday went to the headland. Far below he spotted an old man on the beach appearing to bend down and then throw things into the sea. He would do this for what appeared to be a very long time.

Day after day, the young boy would go to the headland and observe the same man doing the same thing.

It was no good. The boy’s curiosity had got the better of him and he had to go and ask what the old man was doing. So, he very carefully made his way down to the beach and eventually reached the old man.

“I hope you don’t mind,” said the boy, “but I have been watching you for days and I wanted to come and find out what you were doing.”

The old man explained that he was throwing the starfish into the water.

“Whatever for?” said the boy.

“Because every day the tide comes in and these starfish are abandoned on the beach and left to die, so I go along and throw them back into the sea.”

“But,” the boy replied, “there are thousands and thousands of them and it would be just impossible for you to save them all.”

“Yes,” the old man said, picking a starfish up and throwing it into the sea, “but I made a difference to that one.”

This coffee shop was developed in the hope that it will make a difference to our students’ future prospects of employment.

If only one, we still will have made a difference.

Hospitality Course

BTEC Level 1 Hospitality: Students complete a BTEC Award in Hospitality. The course covers Customer Services, Food and Hygiene and making and serving drinks. Our vision is to equip our students with skills, qualities, knowledge and confidence to take these inherently transferable skills to the world of work and employment.


Our students look beyond their own personal circumstances and raise money for a number of charities. The students, governors and staff sponsor a number of students in Uganda. The coffee shop will provide some funding towards this sponsorship.