Healing Together

COVID-19 has increased the anxieties of some students, so we are proud that members of our staff team have completed their ‘Healing Together’ training.

Healing Together is a programme designed to support young people who are vulnerable as a result the COVID-19 pandemic.

The staff have been trained to deliver a therapeutic programme for students who have increased anxiety regarding; attending school, the future, and the health and well-being of family and friends. The opportunity was funded by the Youth Endowment Fund, who awarded a grant to Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust and Innovating Minds who deliver the training programme. The initiative will benefit 180 young people across the Trust, including students at Nightingale Community Academy.

Jon Yates, Executive Director at Youth Endowment Fund, said: “It has been too easy to forget vulnerable young people during this crisis. The pandemic has removed much of the critical support that many of them rely upon – from teachers to youth workers. This funding will help us find the best way to reach and support these young people when they most need it.”

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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