09 March 2018

Branching out, growing confidence

By Richard Gill, CEO, ATLP

Spring may have been on freeze, but the Daffodils are finally out!

This March sees a new partnership bloom as we officially welcome our newest ATLP family member – Scotch Orchard Primary School. Based in Lichfield, this friendly and nurturing school shares our values and ethos. We look forward to working alongside headteacher Wendy Horden and her learning community over the months and years ahead.

During the holiday, around 50 students from 10 sixth forms across the West Midlands joined a number of blue chip employers at a careers, training and mentoring skills day at Arthur Terry School. The event aimed to equip young people with the tools and know how to prepare themselves for post school life.

Across the ATLP, we strive to build confidence among our young people. We employ confident staff who are committed to developing self-assured and aspirational learners with real-world experiences.

We also develop children’s confidence and boost self-esteem beyond the classroom. Our range of enrichment and feel-good factor initiatives include Duke of Edinburgh and Outward Bound activities, productions, competitions, clubs, reward systems, visits – and not forgetting, sport.

Recently, Slade primary received a visit from Team GB athlete and undergraduate Jazz Crawford who inspired children to be the best they can be and to go for it! Our schools house some exceptionally talented athletes. Two current examples include Brookvale’s Gabriel, who represents Team GB in gymnastics and Coleshill’s Tae Kwan do medallist, Taylor Smith, who is now a member of ITF Team England. You can read more about her wins here: http://www.atlp.org.uk/taylor-to-represent-england-in-the-european-cup/

We want to empower young people, to give them a platform on which to shine. Articulate students at Stockland Green School have shown resilience and dedication in recent debating competition wins and are looking forward to attending the ‘Debate Mate’ cup at the University of Birmingham next month. While Sutton Coldfield School’s Debating Competition will see students from John Willmott and Arthur Terry tackle topical issues in front of their peers.

Hot on their heels are Hill West pupils who have been putting forward their views as part of their Class Charter Priorities based on the UN Charter for the Priorities of Children. And, as I write, the ATLP is preparing for its first ‘Politics, Democracy and Parliament’ event at Mere Green School, which will involve Pupil Voice/School Council from all our primaries and Politics sixth form students from Arthur Terry and Coleshill School.

Let’s keep on growing confidence so that our children can blossom and take their pick of opportunities.