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Christmas cards, wrapping

paper and decorations

produced by young people

at Prior's Court have proved

a huge hit.

Our young people contributed to

the creation of the festive items

during their lessons as part of our

vocational streams approach to

post-16 education.

The items went on-sale in a popup shop

in The Oracle shopping

centre, in Reading, and in a Prior's

Court online shop in the run-up to


Monies from every sale are

used by our staff to purchase

more raw materials for new

products, ensuring our young

people continue to develop and

generalise their vocational skills.

With the support of staff, parents

of our young people and the

general public, hundreds of

pounds worth of sales were made

in the run-up to Christmas.

The lessons in which the

items were made are focused

specifically on developing,

practicing and generalising

vocational skills which are geared

towards helping our young people

to secure employment in the


Skills learnt include

following instructions

and manufacturing

techniques, with

additional benefits from

learning about running

an enterprise, such

as stock-taking and

fulfilling deliveries.

Charlie Harris,

Vocational Teacher

who has led on the

sales project, said:

"Our young people

have contributed at

all stages to the items

which were on sale.

"We have regularly sold

a range of items on-site to

staff and parents in the past

and it was hugely exciting to be

able to show the wider world what

young people at Prior's Court are

capable of

"This is the first step we are taking

with an online enterprise and we

hope to build on this in 2021 so

watch this space."

We worked with Artisans


UK, a

collective of

artisans and crafters, which gave

us the opportunity to sell stock in

its pre-Christmas pop-up shop in

The Oracle shopping centre.

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Soaring sunflower wins inter-house challenge

One of our young adult homes Charlotte

House has risen to claim the first ever

Prior's Court Sunflower Challenge prize.

The inaugural challenge was launched with the

aim for our young people to get involved with

growing a sunflower at their residential homes

to complement their learning in horticulture


The aim was to grow the tallest plant with

Charlotte House coming on top with its seed

growing into a whopping 11-feet-tall sunflower.

The sunflower-growing was part of a wider

refurbishment project of the Charlotte House

garden which all of the young adults there

have taken part in. This has included growing

vegetables which are being eaten in lunches inhouse

with increasingly complex recipes being


Charlotte House was presented with rosettes

and a certificate for their victory.

Double store success for our festive goods



James with

two cards he



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