Last Week I joined Queensmill school to add value to their life skills program running a class, preparing a simply delicious lunch. Students took much interest in the healthy ingredient's which were gluten free, no added sugars and made with fresh organic ingredients. It was a definite thumbs up from staff and students for taste, texture and flavour! :)
Queensmill is a specialist school for children and young people (CYP) diagnosed with autism from 3-25. The majority of CYP’s autism is at the complex end of the spectrum but the school places at its heart, learning that is child/young person centred with an emphasis on accepting the child for who they are and helping them understand and cope with the world around them. From this starting point, the school are able to help CYP make progress in acquiring academic, communication, social and life skills.
Without question, the school is highly effective, not only in enabling children to progress but also in training and empowering staff to work successfully with CYP with autism. In summer 2016 the school achieved ‘Flagship Status’ for its Inclusion Quality Mark and the Princess Royal Training Award, as validation of its commitment to staff and student development.
Last September, Queensmill School began new classes for students aged 19 and over. They help autistic young adults prepare for the future, enabling them to learn skills such as managing finances, working in a team and interacting with the public.
Guided by their school chef sstudents bake delicious cakes and then sell them at the market in Hammersmith & Fulham every Thursday.
Carol's Organic Kitchen hopes to continue working with staff at Queensmill to introduce innovative cooking classes to experiment and expand their diet whilst delivering much needed life skills to prepare students for independence.
Watch this video to see some of the amazing learning therapies run at this remarkable flagship school