Dear Parent/ Carer,

I hope that you and your family are well and enjoying the fine weather. I cannot believe that we are soon to end the school year, it has gone so fast! It’s soon time to reflect on the time that has passed and celebrate all that we have achieved.

Before we start the summer holidays I wish to alert you to operational matters:

  • Term ends on Wednesday 20th July. Pupils will leave school at 12.30pm. They will be provided with packed lunches. Transport providers have been informed of the end of term arrangements.
  • The new academic year starts on Monday 5th September at the usual start time of 9am for KS3&4 and 8.45am for KS2

Now let’s reflect…..

This year has been an eventful, emotional and exciting time for Educational Diversity. We have seen lots of new things; new Headteacher, new Deputy Headteacher, new Centre Lead Teacher, new pupils and a new therapy dog! We have seen students leave and go onto college, Sixth Form, employment, training and new educational provisions. We have also said our farewells to members of staff who have gone onto promotions and new pastures, and of course we have said goodbye to our dear colleague Lorna Manning who sadly passed away earlier this year.

When we look back we can see that we have experienced lots of changes. It can be difficult to embrace change but I am incredibly proud of the way students and staff have been supportive of each other, been patient and understanding, and as a result developed their resilience. These experiences will prepare our pupils for adult life and life beyond Educational Diversity.

We have had many moments to celebrate and feel proud of our students:

Borwick Hall– Students had the opportunity to stay away from home for 1 to 4 nights and participate in numerous outdoor and adventurous activities including kayaking, caving and climbing.  The residential supports relationship building between staff and students, skills such as resilience and teamwork and creates memories that will stay with the students for years to come.

Cooking with Kay– Students have embraced the new curriculum offer of catering this year. Our new catering facility at Pegasus has been accessed by all students from Athena and Pegasus. We are grateful to Kay for starting up the lessons and we are looking forward to working with Chef’s Academy next year in developing our catering curriculum pathways further

KS4 Exams– Our students have conducted themselves so well during the exam period. Their attendance was the best Educational Diversity has experienced. There was a real sense of ‘I can do this!’ in the build up to the exams. We look forward to seeing Year 11 students collect their results on 25th August.

Super Learning days– We have had some brilliant curriculum enhancement days for STEM, Careers and Enterprise. Our STEM Super Learning Day focused on the idea of ‘sustainability’ and saw our young people investigating how Educational Diversity could become more sustainable to protect our future. Pupils fully immersed themselves in various experiences; with KS2 pupils visiting a recycling centre and KS3 visiting RNLI Lytham, exploring the engineering of the lifeboats. Our KS4 pupils explored various ideas such as upcycling, modern technology, transport and alternative diets – some of the students and staff even ate insects as a source of protein!

“I really enjoyed creating rocky road and cookies using locally sourced ingredients, with low food miles. We recycled a lot of the materials for our packaging and used the washing up water to water the grass” Year 10 student.

Work Experience– During the summer term, Year 10 students have taken part in week long placements with employers. Feedback from the employers has been incredibly positive. One student who was placed at the Citizen’s Advice Centre,  enjoyed the opportunity to shadow an adviser on Adviceline; listening to calls from clients with queries ranging from changing a name on a marriage certificate, problems in the workplace, an overgrown tree on neighbouring property and a food bank voucher request. They received excellent feedback regarding their attitude and commitment to their placement.  Whilst others had placements at a local trampoline park, and others as roofers.  One student spoke positively about their experience working in a cafe, making food and serving customers. Two of our students impressed employers so much that they were offered jobs following their placements! We are so proud of their achievement in this area- well done Year 10!

Trinity fundraiser – Staff and students at Athena put on a fundraiser afternoon in memory of Lorna Manning for Trinity Hospice where they raised over £600. The event included games, food and the whole Educational Diversity community coming together to support a great cause.

Sporting NRG – Sporting NRG continues to be a success across Athena and Pegasus sites.  The year has witnessed Educational Diversity staff working alongside Sporting NRG staff to give fantastic OAA (outdoor and adventurous) opportunities to our young people.   This has included canoeing, boating, crabbing, survival skills and fell walking!

I am extremely grateful to the staff at Educational Diversity. They demonstrate their dedication and commitment to our students every day. As a school we are appreciative of the partnership working relationships we have with parents and agencies to strive for the best opportunities for our young people. Working together is key to getting it right for our students.

It’s now time to look forward and make sure that we have everything in place to kick start the new academic year in September. It’s all about putting our best foot forward. With that in mind, I have a few reminders that provide you to prepare for 2022-23:

Attendance– For many reasons it is vital that our students attend school. Their safety is paramount and their education is essential. When children attend school, we know that they are safe and receiving an education that will open doors to their life beyond Educational Diversity. We therefore ask parents to support their child by:

  • Making sure that their child attends school
  • Making sure that their child arrives at school on time
  • Not taking holidays during term time

Uniform– Our uniform is practical and affordable, with our expectation of our pupils being smart and ready to learn.

If a student comes to school not wearing the expected uniform they can borrow the spare clean uniform that we have in school.
If you are struggling to buy a school uniform, please do not hesitate to contact us where we will address the issue confidentially.

Once students are familiar with their school timetable, we will ask students to come in the PE kit on the day they have PE

FSM – Just a reminder that if you are in receipt of any of the listed benefits below, you are entitled to Free School Meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Whilst we provide free meals to all our students, being eligible for FSM means that you may be able to receive other support. To register for FSM, please go to this link: FSM registration

Social media links: Please check our social media accounts on facebook and twitter for summer activities in the local area. https://www.facebook.com/EducationalDiversityPRU

@BlackpoolPRU

New website: Next year we are launching our new website. Details will follow in due course.

Kids eat for free or less– Ahead of the summer holidays, to help manage risings

Costs. Please see the image below for a list of some of the businesses offering free children’s meals throughout the summer holidays.

I wish you all a happy and safe summer holiday and look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday 5th September 2022.

Kind regards,

Victoria O’Farrell

Headteacher