Thank you

Carew Academy welcome the Department for Education

By Clair Hill - February 22nd, 2024 | Posted in Article

We were delighted to welcome James Chainey – Head of Delivery for Croydon and Sutton, Mark Norman – Assistant Director, South West London and Vicky Adnitt – Head of School Organisation and Transport Unit from the Department for Education to Carew Academy this week.

They were greeted by James Kearns, Principal of Carew Academy, John Prior, CEO of OHC&AT and some of our student leaders who led them on a tour of the school.

To ensure they received the full Carew experience their first stop was Woodland Wonders, which was brilliantly and thoughtfully explained by students who articulated the benefits of outdoor sensory learning. From the outdoor tent they ventured to music therapy and got involved in whole class drumming session.

Helen Morris, Vice Principal then led a session where students shared how therapeutic support at school helps them and the positive impact initiatives such as Canine Assisted Learning have on their mental health and learning. Staying on the theme of dogs and therapy, our visitors were introduced the Trevor, one of the school’s dogs who provide invaluable support for students who may be struggling with their regulation. Trevor is on hand for a cuddle, a stroke or a quick play – he is a great mood enhancer and he bought a smile to faces of our visitors.

Our student leaders were very organised and kept the tour moving and on time. The next stop was assisted reading to see a phonics class in action and finally on to art, where our visitors commented on the calm and relaxed environment – created with ambient music and a very engaging lesson on mixing colours to achieve a desired tone.

The visit finished with our Mark, Vicky and James meeting representatives from Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust; John Prior, CEO and Lynn Barratt, Executive Director of Development.

Following the visit, Mark Norman, said: “A huge thank for putting on such a well thought through itinerary.  I know that we only scratched the surface, but it was a hugely uplifting experience and I really take my hat off to each and every one of the staff who were clearly making such a difference for all of the students with a very wide range of needs.’

James Chainey, said “What an absolute privilege to spend time with you and your students yesterday – you are doing incredible work inspiring young people. Please do pass on our thanks to the whole school for such a lovely visit.’