Looking back and celebrating the success of last year’s learners, as well as looking ahead to the new academic year reminds me of these wise words from Dr Seuss:
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose” Oh, The Places You’ll Go
A lot of our work at Brompton Hall is about building up the levels of self-confidence in our young people, who have often had difficult educational experiences before joining us. It is a joy to take the time to look back at just what they can achieve with the right support, staff, curriculum pathways and educational setting for them. Year after year, our young people leave us to start employment, apprenticeships or college placements and last year we heard from one of our previous learners that they were starting a course at York University!
However, as with any decisions in life, it is the individual that makes the choices that determine the path they will take. This year to support our young people in making the right choices we are introducing (for the first time) a Careers Fair – working with local employers to show the different career options available to our young people when they leave school. We are also continuing with our work on ‘Mental Health & Well-being’ across the school and hope to provide more updates during the year about the projects taking place at Brompton Hall to support both learners and staff. In October, we held our first Macmillan Coffee morning event and invited Governors and members of our local community to join us – it appeared to be a huge success, we raised over £165 and will be definitely participating in more in the future. As a result, we have committed ourselves to work more closely with some other local community projects during 2018-19, which should be exciting. It is really important to us, as a school, that we establish positive partnerships with our local community so I will keep you updated via the Head’s Blog and our school facebook page.
We are constantly reviewing our practice and systems to see how we can ‘do better’ and one of the areas of development is how we ‘communicate’ with all of our stakeholders (i.e. parents, carers, social workers, Governors, our local communities and partnership multi-agencies). Our website, facebook and twitter pages have been fully utilised over the past year to ensure that more information is shared, than ever before – including photos of trips, e-safety guides, training events for carers, Prevention Service events and of course the SEND Consultation event dates and locations. This year we have amended the ‘Parent/Carer’ survey and introduced an electronic version which can be emailed out to those Parents and Carers who would prefer to complete the survey online. We are currently putting together the training events schedule for Parents and Carers, which will be displayed on our website and facebook page – please feel free to contact us to book a place if you see an event you are interested in.
Ms S Young