Over the past year, we have helped 900 people with autism or a learning, physical or sensory disability to find work placements through our Surrey Choices EmployAbility service.
The success of the service was celebrated recently at our Making a Difference awards where we highlighted what a difference being within a work environment can make to our customers lives. However, it’s not just our customers who have seen the advantages – some of the biggest employers in the country have benefitted from adding hard working, enthusiastic and skilled individuals to their teams.
Situated at the foot of Box Hill in Dorking, Surrey, The Ashcombe School is a genuinely comprehensive school with a strong 6th Form, praised in the recent Ofsted report for the exceptional pastoral care, high levels of attainment across the ability range and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. It was commended in the Investors in People Report for its strong, shared ethos, with quotes from staff “a great place to work” “I love working here, it’s a very supportive school” “Staff help one another, people do care, the atmosphere is nice”.
Ashcombe School took on Emma Rennison on a trial. Emma has worked really hard to make a good impression always takes on board feedback. The school extended the work trial over the summer holidays and at the end of the period they offered Emma a three-month contract in painting and decorating with the opportunity to revisit this in January.
David Blow is the Headteacher, he told us:
“It is central to the school’s strategic intents that we support all pupils and staff by providing opportunities to fulfil their individual potential and reach their personal goals. The School recruits and develops teachers and support staff of the highest quality. We do this without discrimination and are proud to accept this award as a reflection of our inclusive ethos.”