Enterprise Week at Great Oaks School


This month I was privileged to be invited to be one of the “Dragons” for The Enterprise Week at Great Oaks School in Southampton where the three of us judged lots of different brilliant ideas that the students would make and sell at the Christmas fayre.

Great Oaks School is a 200 place secondary school for young people with a range of complex learning difficulties including autism and speech and language difficulties. Pupils come from all over Southampton as well as many from Hampshire.

At Great Oaks they follow the full National Curriculum but with a particular emphasis on developing communication, literacy, numeracy and personal and social skills. In addition they have a focus on creativity and the arts which have proved an extremely successful way of engaging  young people and helping to promote their self esteem and self confidence.

As the schools Enterprise Adviser I got involved with the Enterprise Week where all the students had to pitch their ideas for their Christmas products that they were then going to sell at the Christmas Fayre.

The students were truly amazing and some of their product ideas were:

  • Christmas painted pebbles and decorations, candles
  • Table decorations & napkins & cards
  • Decorated lollies
  • Snowmen and wooden owls
  • Xmas gingerbread men and biscuits, marmalade
  • Bird feeders
  • Hand dyed T shorts and socks

They had made the products themselves and were looking for funding to make batches to sell at the Christmas Fayre. SO far they’ve made over £2.000.00 so a huge well done and congratulations to all the teams for their hard work. I love you all.

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