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Healing Together

COVID 19 has increased the anxieties of some students. So, we are proud that staff across the Trust 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 Unified Academy, St Dominic’s School, Grafham Grange School, The Skills Hub, Young People’s Academy and 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.”

This is a very exciting and pivotal moment in the lives of St Dominic’s, Brantridge and Grafham Grange schools.  Academy conversion under the sponsorship of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

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