Community projects give the students wonderful opportunities to interact with the people in the local area, make a positive contribution and apply skills learned in lessons particularly vocational courses.
Many students at the school struggle with social anxieties and venturing outside of their school and home comfort zones can be a real challenge. Community projects provide a opportunity to combat such anxieties in a controlled way with familiar and trained staff.
Vocational courses a community week and work experience are part of the post 16 curriculum and are an ideal time to take on projects. some ongoing and recent projects include;
Weekly work experience at Bettsanger Bowls Club as part of the Catering and Hospitality course, where students are assisting in the cooking, serving and clearing of a breakfast service.
The building and and more recent repair of planters for the deal RNLI station as part of the Construction and the built environment course.
The post 16 students spent a week completing jobs around the parish for Ripple Parish Council, including, weeding, repair of old stairs and the cleaning and painting of the parish notice board.