14-19 Community Work and other opportunities
We support our students to become confident individuals and responsible citizens. We constantly strive to introduce and involve them to new activities and personal challenges. This leads us into working with other professionals and agencies to support individual development.
Communal and charitable experiences:
- Litter picking for the Town Trust
- Harvest Share with Transition Stratford
- McMillan Coffee Mornings
- National Trust - work experience work in Devon and gardening project at Hidcote
- Supporting the younger pupils in school
- Cedar Lawns supporting staff with skittles and the resident's leisure time
- Jephson Gardens - using the classroom and undertaking some community work in the cafe
- Drayton Avenue - students are able to access the Mencap home to support their development of life skills
We hope to develop this further by looking into the 'blue bag' scheme and working with Stratford Volunteer Group, gardening for the elderly, working with the young and entertaining local residents.
Other areas that we have been able to develop are:
- Forest School - this supports learning in the outdoors and challenges the students to work in an environment that encourages team building, independent learning and using skills that are not used in the classroom.
- National Trust Residential - one week residential where the students have to undertake conservation work but also look after themselves all week.
- Golf lessons - at the Warwickshire Golf Club
- Lifeways Centre - Gardening projects
- Drumming sessions - in school. These are hugely popular and successful, they support behaviour management and develops positive attitudes.
- Students are encouraged to be involved in mini enterprise and we have worked with EBP and outside companies such as Tesco to talk to the students about this.
- Visits to local toddler groups and nurseries to support ASDAN Parenting Awareness.
- Compton Verney - to view art exhibitions to support our art work and observe the Willow tunnel for wok in school.
- Mencap (201 Drayton Avenue) - to develop life skills and encourage links with Mencap. The students can find out about the respite care available and experience a 'home situation which supports transition from children to adult services.
- Care Farm project at Mary Ardens Farm - groups of students to visit and undertake a project building a fence and creating a wildlife area. This supports life skills, job opportunities, making choices etc.
- Habitat survival centre - the living classroom ASDAN links
- Redwings Charity - supports RWCN
- Theatre and Cinema visits - ASDAN and Arts links
- Visits to local churches, Leamington Gurdwara, Coventry Cathedral, Jewish Synagogue
Wacky Forum - work with students from other SEN schools and there is the opportunities to develop students experiences by attending meetings and participating in forums nationally. Wacky Forum gives our less able students a voice to have a say in what is required and what they would like to see for young people. Also they can attend day conferences where various services are available to talk to the students on relevant matters.
Mini Enterprise is an important aspect of the curriculum, with students developing appropriate skills by shopping in local supermarkets, looking at packaging etc,
Students spend a considerable amount of time developing skills out in the community. Locally students have worked on how to access the library, restaurants, using banks, following directions, using mobile phones, problem solving, shopping- visits also enhance the curriculum by putting students who have mastered the skills locally into new environments to practice skills out of the safety of their own community. Travel training is an important aspect of this.