Changing perceptions of Autism while running a cafe


  • Two year groups of students
  • 14 to 16 year olds
  • Ongoing project

Students at Springhallow School, a special school for Autism, have set up and run ‘Spring Café’ within their school. After setting up a small café for students and staff onsite, students wished to expand and secured funding to do so. The café was furnished and painted by students alongside local volunteers and the school plans to open the café to the wider community in the future. The project aims to increase awareness of Autism and demonstrate students’ skills, both in running the café and through taking part in enterprise events such as Doughnut Tuesday.

Run by: Class Teacher

External involvement: Supported by the Team London Young Ambassadors Programme. Volunteers provided by Turner and Townsend, furniture donations through Hanwell Friends Group

Other attributes developed: Learning barista and catering skills, practical painting and construction skills, handling money, customer service

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: Gatsby Benchmark 5 and 6 - Encounters with employers and employees, experiences of workplaces