Students at our sister school in West Sussex have recently started a successful car washing enterprise called ‘Squeaky Wheels’. The work skills class focus on Learning for Employment and Life Skills because one of the main concerns for young people with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum is employment after leaving school.
Creating and taking part in enterprises is encouraged at the school, a few examples of student driven enterprises are; the onsite ‘Oast Café’, making and selling gift cards, and more recently 16 year old Gregor setting up ‘Squeaky Wheels’.
With the help of fellow students, Gregor takes bookings for hourly car washing sessions on a Monday and Wednesday.
Gregor carried out research prior to starting up his enterprise to ensure its success. He surveyed staff and gained sponsorship for the ‘Squeaky Wheels’ team’s uniform and equipment in order to look like a professional team.
Students make good progress in their learning because they are taught well and they follow a good, creative and innovative curriculum that meets their needs.