Enterprise

Our 6th Form students follow a curriculum of enterprise activities which include researching, planning and making high quality products. Students use decision making skills throughout each project to select products that are desirable to their customers, would sell well and make a profit for their business.

The enterprise group create and sell products for events such as; The Oaks Christmas Enterprise fayre and craft events in the local community.  They also create seasonal pieces such as items for Valentines, Mother’s and Father’s day, which they sell to staff and pupils in school. Students also sell products to parents at the Christmas and summer concert, as well as other open days.

As well as making and selling handmade items, the group develop and hold an annual ‘pop up’ restaurant for students, parents and staff to attend. This project gives students the opportunity to research and make decisions about; the type of restaurant they would like to create, table ware, menus, uniform and music. Each idea is followed through to ensure the restaurant is authentic and enjoyed by all.

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Enterprise Café

Every Tuesday morning, the students run the acorn café. Students prepare toasted sandwiches, paninis, sausage and bacon sandwiches and a range of drinks.

They take orders from staff in school, take payment and deliver a ‘take away’ service.

The students are also responsible for setting up a small café in the sixthform. They set tables, ensuring each one has place settings, menus, condiments and flowers.

Students, parents, governors and members of staff have the oppurtunity to visit the café and enjoy the food and drinks on offer. The students would like to open the café to members of the public in the future.

Students take orders from customers, serve food, take payment and tidy up. They also count takings and work out how much profit they have made.

All profit goes towards trip, celebrations and resources for sixth form students.

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Horticulture

Sixth form students have the opportunity to grow their own plants and vegetables in our sixth form ‘Alan Blench garden’ and in the community allotment. Students are then able to sell any produce to staff, students and parents. Students use the produce in the Arorn Café and during food technology lessons. We also use any flowers they have grown in enterprise and vocational activities such as flower arranging.

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Work experience

All year 14 students (where appropriate ) are given the oppurtunity to take part in work experience. Students are supported by the ‘Enterprise Business Partnership’ team to look at their skills and interests,  and identify a suitable placement.

Students can use the skills they have learnt in sixth form in a different setting, developing their confidence and understanding of expectations in the workplace.

Students have usually completed  one week in the chosen workplace, that can be extended if needed.

Students have completed work experience in a variety of settings including a local primary school, Jack Drum Arts, boarding kennels, local cafes, shops and supermarkets and charity shops.

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Careers

Students are able to access one careers lesson per week within sixth form (where appropriate). They will learn about the types of jobs available for them when they leave school and how to apply for jobs. They will also look at suitable clothing for different types of job interview and how to present themselves well. They will practice interview techniques and look at their personal skills and attributes. Students will also learn about having realistic goals to prepare them for the future after sixth form.

Students also have the opportunity to attend local careers fayres, as well as the fayre held in school, which is attended by local colleges and other providers of education and care post 19.

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