Route16 is our new careers initiative for all pupils aged 16-18 across all our provisions.

Route16 offers our young people pathways into employment including the opportunity to set up and run a business, experience work experience placements and engage in apprenticeships with local organisations. All pupils at Beech Lodge study for vocational as well as academic (GCSE) qualifications and many go on to further education but the purpose of Route 16 is to give all our older pupils real-life experience with employers in an increasingly challenging working environment.


There is no better place than to experience working with the public than in our very own charity "Apprenticeshop"

Kicking off the Route16 initiative, from Saturday December 12th, we are opening our pop-up charity shop in St Ives Road, Maidenhead selling Christmas themed crafts and goods.

All sales proceeds will go to the Shanly Foundation Covid-19 fund which aims to help local charities and organisations who have been adversely affected by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. On sale will be beautiful handmade Christmas craft items created by the school community, as well as ex-showhome, upcycled and pre-loved homeware.

Once Christmas is over, we will be partnering up with eco-business FourState and transforming the shop into a sustainable ethical store selling upcycled and pre-loved items for charity in the new year – so watch this space for more information!


Our links with employers include:

Shanly Homes - work experience placements and apprenticeship opportunities

Bourne End Marina - work experience placements and Trainee Marina Attendant apprenticeship

FourState -  working with us on hands-on retail skills, environmental impact and work experience placements

Braywick Heath Nurseries - work experience placements