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Two Enfield special needs schools open shop to give their pupils valuable work experience
Children at two special needs schools will have the chance to get work experience by opening their own shop.
Durants School, in Herford Road and Waverley school in The Ride, Enfield, have worked together to help children with learning disabilities gain work by opening a shop, Treasure Land in Herford Road, Enfield Wash.
Formally a disused space, the shop will sell a host of different items from clothes to toys and is aimed at giving work experience to pupils and help them feel a part of the wider community.
Acting executive headteacher of both schools Peter De Rosa said: “The aim is give real life experience to those who have disabilities which they wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. The schools are working jointly; this gives them a chance to help the community to understand."
Both schools cater for more than 200 pupils, with Durants school taking in students with autism and Waverley school providing education to children aged between three and 19 with severe or profound learning difficulties.
Janet Leach, chairman of governors at both schools said: “Its a fantastic learning resource for the community to learn about people with disabilities. We want young people to get a life and have an opportunity to work and this is a great place to learn those skills. It's right here in the heart of the community and it teaches the community that our young disabled people can offer a lot back.
“They are getting a whole range of skills such as communication, helping to manage the shop and sort through the produce. It really shows what disabled people can achieve when given the chance.”
Waverley pupil Geelan Mattarooa, 15, who will be working in the shop, says he is excited about the prospect of working for the first time.
and Waverley teacher Graham Williams said: “It’s not about making money, the shop was vacant for a good couple of years and it was in a terrible state when we took over it but thanks to the team we have managed to get everything up and running and the shops next to it are happy about seeing another shop in the community.”
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