A major focus within the waking day curriculum is on developing independent living skills which are taught in a way that is meaningful and functional for the young person. In this way, students learn to acquire appropriate sleeping and toileting patterns, develop personal care routines and appropriate mealtime behaviour; build the understanding and ability to shop, prepare and serve food with increasing levels of independence; undertake household chores such as using washing machines and dishwashers, sorting laundry and tidying bedrooms; learn to share and developing a sense of family and community.

Vocational skills and work placements

Young adult collecting leavesyoung adult at a work placementStudents are offered a range of opportunities to develop life skills with a strong vocational focus throughout the school but particularly for the older students. The skills taught provide a toolkit which can be applied at school, home or in the community. Opportunities based around the young person's strengths and interests are identified for work placements both on and off-site supporting and extending students’ growing independence. Many projects undertaken in the Post 16 curriculum generate income which students bank and use to fund further activities. You can find out more about opportunities for Post 16 students here.

Work placement opportunities are dependent on the individual's skills and interests and could include:-

  • Hospitality and catering
  • Animal and Horticulture
  • Admin and Finance
  • Estates and Housekeeping