Greg visits local training project and school in Ninfield
6 July 2012
Greg was guest of honour at the presentation of certificates of achievement to the students of Headstart School and the Headstart 2 Work project in Ninfield last Friday.
Greg was introduced to staff and pupils by Headteacher Nicki Dann who explained how the school helps local young people who have faced difficulties in mainstream school back into academic education and provides vocational training opportunities.
Headstart students often have emotional, behavioural and social difficulties and/or are on the autistic spectrum. The school aims to enable all students to develop the ability to make choices, which impact positively on their overall life chances within the wider community. The school has its own working farm with horses, pigs, sheep, goats, peacocks and poultry which is central to its therapeutic approach to learning.
Ms Dann showed Greg around the school where he chatted to students and about the school and saw some of their recent work. He then presented certificates to the students for their recent achievements; praise and reward are used as key motivators for all students. The football team recently came second in a schools’ tournament in Eastbourne and were proudly wearing their new kits and practising their skills during Greg’s visit.
Speaking at the school, Greg said “I was delighted to visit Headstart to meet the staff and students and see the important work they do. I am pleased that these students who have found mainstream school difficult for a wide variety of reasons are able to continue their education, learn life skills and take part in vocational training in this specialised caring environment.”Top of page