Creative Arts Therapy

Young people are often naturally drawn to symbol-making and graphic representations and are therefore attracted to art as language. The externalisation of an internal stress through art will allow the young person to gain some distance from the problem or dilemma and to work with the therapist towards a resolution.

Creative Arts Therapy aims to provide the young person with a supportive and containing space and with the possibility of building a positive and consistent relationship with a trusted adult. Within the safety of the therapeutic environment a young person can begin exploring significant past and present experiences. We support learners to engage in a process that will help them make sense of current difficulties so as to find new solutions to issues that are negatively impacting on their lives. They can choose to verbalise their thoughts and feelings, or they can decide to access the art materials made available to them in the room.

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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