Classroom transformed into flat to teach life skills at High Park School

High Park School recently transformed one of its classrooms into a fully furnished flat, providing a hands-on opportunity for pupils to learn essential life skills. The initiative, which was made possible through generous donations of furniture and appliances from the community, aims to prepare students for independent living as they transition into adulthood.

The opening of the flat in late March 2024 was attended by parents, staff, and pupils alike, marking a significant milestone for the school. Assistant Principal Sarah Tollemache expressed pride in the students’ engagement with life skills within the classroom environment, highlighting the importance of “translating those skills into real-life settings”.

Students played an active role in the project, from selecting the color for the walls to shopping for paint and decorating the flat. Raza, one of the pupils involved in painting the flat, eagerly looked forward to tackling chores like hoovering and washing up, demonstrating the practical application of the skills learned.

For parents like Ann McKerchar, whose son George contributed to creating the apartment, the initiative holds great significance. She emphasized the importance of providing a meaningful context for students as they prepare to navigate the world beyond school. Involving students in the decoration process not only fosters a sense of ownership but also enhances their confidence and ability to make connections.

Through initiatives like the furnished flat project, the school continues to empower students with the skills and confidence they need to thrive in adulthood, fostering a strong connection with both parents and the community.

*Images by Cathy Killock/BBC

Hey there, couldn’t help noticing you’re using Internet Explorer

That’s great and all, and we commend you for pushing through with it. Unfortunately we no longer offer support for IE; it hasn’t received a major update since 2015 and Microsoft are dropping support for it later in the year.

If you’re using Windows 10 and want to stick with a built in browser, please consider switching to Edge. Or, if you really want to enjoy the internet properly we strongly recommend downloading Google Chrome here.