Our school has a culture of encouraging enterprise. This started off with our pupil-run café and kitchen, Storm in a Coffee Cup, which has been praised by Ofsted. Pupils learnt commercial kitchen skills, received a Food Handling Hygiene Certificate and learnt serving skills and how to operate a till and handle money.
This helps develop their employability, boosts their confidence and their independence skills. Their customers are staff and pupils. The café and kitchen have a five star rating from Barnsley Environmental Health for their hygiene and food handling standards, which is the highest that can be awarded.
Our enterprise work goes further than just the café. Various classes in school make items for sale in the school reception and pop up shops. They make items such as fuel bricks from recycled paper, bookmarks, cards (including birthday, Christmas and Easter) and ceramic items such as decorated pots. Making the products helps educate them and teaches them life skills to enable them to become more independent and organised in their lives.
The 50/50 Enterprise Vision Partnership is an initiative with our Group 4 class and local charities (using their shops) and shops in the nearby area.
Sara White, our Head of Care, leads and co-ordinates the school's pop up shops and encourages the boarding pupils to make arts and craft items for sale. Part of the scheme at Thurnscoe House and Studios is to sell recycled clothing. This involves the boarders learning how to use a washing machine and learning ironing skills, so that they become more independent as adults. Clothing unsuitable for resale is either used to make arts and craft items or weighed in to raise money for the school.
The pop up shops are held in Thurnscoe Village or on the premises of Voluntary Action Barnsley in Barnsley Town Centre. The pupils set up the shop, organise the display, sell the products and manage the money including giving change – everything you would do on a market stall. These pop up shops help promote independence and provide valuable employment skills.
We now have an Instagram account where you can view all the latest enterprise products that the pupils make at school to sell in our school shop. Many of the products are sold under the Autisan brand, which came out of a collaborative project between the school and adult services in the north.
PopUp Shop Barnsley
The school enterprise will be having a stall at Barnsley voluntary action group once a month. Here we are at our very first stall on 29 September 2016.
In the long-term we are looking to fundraise so we can construct a shop and café at the front of the school for visitors and the public. Here is promotional poster designed by one of our pupils to advertise the upcoming events.