As the academic year draws to an end, I would like to provide a snap shot of all the changes and adventures that the staff and young people of The Yellow House have coped with.
Firstly, I would like to officially welcome the young people who have joined the school in the course of the year. They have all settled wonderfully and made wonderful progress in all facets of The Yellow House. New staff joining this year, including Henry (Science), Nandi (Therapeutic Art and Science), Nick (Allotment, History and Mathematics) and Gemma (Life skills, Cooking, ICT and Mathematics). Not only have they strengthened the team, but they have brought a fresh wave of enthusiasm and skills, not seen at The Yellow House, before.
The allotment has been a huge addition to the school, this year. We have forged additional community links as well as a short listed finish in a national education initiative competition, which saw staff and representatives of the student body attending the Celebration Lunch at The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. What a day!
The allotment has also opened the door for other new initiatives where whole school football, whole school canoe trips and several work experiences, have all taken place. We are also on course for the opportunity to start The Duke of Edinburgh Award, in September, for all pupils. A large number of students have completed AQA GCSE examinations, furthered their ASDAN Awards and gained Life Skills Challenge Awards, all through the course of this year. Although examinations and results are not what drives The Yellow House, it is a positive indicator of how some of our young people have developed since joining us.
Finally it falls to me to say goodbye to the few, who have left us this year. From the staff team, Rob, Ross and Simon, all moved on to pastures new. We must also say goodbye to Heather and Aidan who have completed their time at The Yellow House and are venturing out on the next steps of the life journey. I wish you all the success you deserve and know that you will continue to stay in contact with us.
Enjoy the summer break and we look forward to what the new academic year brings us in September.