As part of our broader ethos, it is really important for us to creative positive, sustainable and committed links with partners in the community. These partnerships allow us to provide students with more opportunities outside of the classroom to help them in many different ways. Most of the partners below have worked with us for many years and have helped to develop lots of our students.
The partnerships we have cover three main areas; development, wellbeing and safety. The majority of the activities are offered to students that have been identified by staff, but equal opportunity is given to any activity that students can opt-in to themselves. Students should always make the most of the fantastic opportunities that are being offered to them, as they will help them in the future.
Partnerships that offer development opportunities are all about building character, resilience and improving on new or existing skills.
Partnerships that offer wellbeing opportunities are about supporting students through difficult times and offering help and advice in coping with challenges.
Partnerships that offer safety opportunities are about educating students to appropriately deal with issues and problems they may come across in the world.
Equine therapy is fundamentally about bonding and building relationships with horses – it has been proven to be a very effective alternative therapy for young people. Horses are able to respond to the emotions of the students, and in caring for the horses, students learn to approach situations in a different way.
The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up to inspire and motivate young people across London and Essex by providing exciting projects and programmes for them to get involved in. As partners, we take part in their monthly awards in recognition of outstanding student achievement for hard work and positive impact in the community.
Change Grow Live is a charity that helps people. They are able to offer a tailored, personalised experience for all of those they assist. Fortunately, Change Grow Live are not restricted to support areas, but rather help people of all ages with advice and services for all.
If it were possible to live in a world where children and young people do not experience grief, it would be a much better place. Unfortunately, this is something that a lot of our students have to cope with. We are pleased to be partners with Grief Encounter who help to support those that are grieving.
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation helps young people to access programmes to improve sports skills which have a positive mental impact, build self-esteem and empower attitudes. By engaging young people in a range of constructive activities, it creates opportunities in a range of areas.
We work very closely with the Metropolitan Police to build a relationship with students and law enforcement at a young age, and also to advise them about what is lawful in the world we live in today. We are fortunate to have a regular police officer that is associated with the school.
We are aware that many of our young people are carers for those that may be unwell or not physically able to carry out certain tasks. We want to support all of those students and are pratners with Barnet Young Carers to offer advice, help and even a way to relax and take some personal time.
We are proud of our links with the University of Oxford which sees an Admissions Tutor visit the school to deliver talks on university applications, super- and extra-curricular activities, and critical thinking. Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to visit Christchurch for a tour/lunch and academic workshop (often taking place in a museum). These trips and talks inspire students to achieve and perhaps apply for Oxbridge or other universities.
Our work with MOPAC is four-fold: to reduce and prevent violence; to increase trust and confidence in the police; to better support the victims of crime; and to prevent people from being exploited or harmed. Similar to our work with local police, our students have a good relationship with local officers, and we continue to build on those relationships.
BICS fundamentally exist to provide mild to moderate mental health services to children, young people and families in the borough of Barnet. As a local service we are partners with, they are able to offer individual or group based sessions or workshops for families with in-person or virtually.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award exists to empower young people; to support them as they learn new skills, overcome obstacles, and build confidence and resilience. Each year, many EBS students take part in the DofE and are able to volunteer and learn new skills.
iheart’s mission is to help young people uncover their innate resilience and mental wellbeing. They deliver a range of innovative, highly impactful programmes – both in-person and digitally – in schools and organisations, and directly to children, parents, educators, youth workers and facilitators.
Impact Barnet supports young people through one-to-one mentoring and counselling sessions or group sessions, offered through their mobile van workshops, family work, and a youth club which is open to all young people aged 11-18 years.