Oak Lodge provides a planned programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for pupils in year 7 – 13 that is impartial and engaging. The programme is designed to develop high aspirations and encourage pupils to consider a broad and ambitious range of career options. The curriculum meets the differing needs and requirements of our pupils. This is developed throughout a pupil’s time at the school and is always supportive of their abilities, strengths and skills.

The Aims and Purpose of the Programme are:
  • Prepare pupils for the transition to life after Oak Lodge
  • Support pupils in making informed decisions which are appropriate for them
  • Provide pupils with well-rounded experiences
  • Develop personal characteristics such as social skills, communication, independence and resilience
  • Inspire and motivate pupils to develop themselves as individuals and live as independently as is possible.
Emmanuel was interviewed by Springboard.

Food has always been a passion for Emmanuel. His fascination with cooking is so strong, that playing football and going to the gym sometimes become secondary priorities. Being a student at a Special Educational Needs school never stopped Emmanuel from pursuing his dreams of getting into the world of food and he is currently taking the ‘Introduction to Hospitality in Food Technology’ course. However, there weren’t many opportunities for Emmanuel to practise, which is can be difficult for an aspiring young chef.

His first culinary breakthrough came from a visit to the London Clinic’s kitchen, which was organised by The Springboard Charity. The week after his visit, Emmanuel became the first chosen student to participate in a work experience placement, where he got to work alongside the chefs. The team were so impressed with Emmanuel’s hard work and confidence, they invited him to partner with Head Chef Paul to participate in the Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Show, where they won silver a silver award!

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a significant amount of restrictions and uncertainty
into the world, Emmanuel is keeping in touch with the Head Chef Paul, where they discuss their future competition wins. He is also looking to get a part-time job at the London Clinic to work alongside Paul again. His future goal is to open a restaurant of his own, where he can bring joy to people through his cooking.

The team at Oak Lodge School is incredibly grateful for the support they have received from The
Springboard Charity so far and are looking to introduce more students to work experience in the