"Like school, only better"
Cricket Green School
Lower Green West
Mitcham, CR4 3AF
Tel: 0208 640 1177
Headteacher: Mrs Celia Dawson
Cricket Green aims to encourage pupils
to reach their potential. Students are
encouraged to develop their
independence skills and prepare
themselves for working life whatever
their level of need.. As part of this
ethos, when the pupils reach Key
Stages 4 and 5 (Years 10 - 14) they have
the opportunity to go on work
The aim of the work experience
placements is to provide pupils with an
idea of what working life can be like.
The placements are tailored to the
needs of each pupil so that they have
the very best chance to succeed.
The pupils can be offered work placements which represent many different areas of working life and these have included locksmiths, dog parlours, mechanics, cafes and charity shops. The students attend an interview with their employer and are provided with a set of expectations regarding their attitude and behaviour in addition to their working hours and dress code. During their work experience the pupils are expected to keep a diary of their activities so that they can report back to their peers when they return to school. All the students are visited by a member of staff at their placement.
For those students that are not yet ready to go out into the community the school provides “in school” work experience. These students visit different work places in the community including Sainsbury’s where they have the opportunity to use the tills and find items around the store. Other visits include Deen City Farm, Merton Libraries and the St Raphael’s charity shop. The students also ‘work’ in school.
The pupils are fully supported during this time to ensure that they get the most out of their experience. If required staff can take pupils to and from their placements and we work closely with the school transport services to ensure that all pupils are able to travel safely.