With our child centered approach, we look to develop and explore interests of each student. By engaging in with a range of activities and projects that link across the curriculum. Exploring post 16 options are fundamental to the extracurricular activities as we look to link with employers and the wider community.
Some of the recent projects have included a Year 11 Student, planning and starting work on a Community Nature Garden for a local community hub. This allowed him to develop confidence in meeting new professionals and discussing his plans as well as enhance his skills from his Technology lessons.
A Year 10 student, in the Spring term, asked to gain experience in a school as he is interested in exploring this post 16. We worked alongside a local primary school, where he developed communication and organisation skills to help with garden maintenance. With positive feedback from the Headteacher, we are looking at planning some further sessions and working alongside the students.
Behaviour and emotions sometimes overwhelm our students, so identifying this and looking at positive tools to regulate, are vital to them developing throughout adolescence. Linking with the PE department, promoting physical activity and the positive impact on mental wellness allowed students to have pastoral sessions whilst working on techniques to help regulate. Visits to Conishead Priory & Manjushri Temple as well as Ulverston Canal, gave new experiences and beautiful surroundings to allow relationships to develop. Alongside this, one student’s interests such as fishing, was used to promote positive behaviours and management within the community. With a Year 9 student catching a 15lb Carp on his first session! Developing links across the curriculum, this student was also used as a focus for a Furness Education Consortium – Action Research Project. *The final paper can be found here.