Winchelsea School staff, students, parents and partners joined together last week for a special evening of celebration to recognise the school’s recent achievements, which included receiving ‘Good’ from its latest OFSTED inspection. The event on Thursday 24th September not only celebrated the school’s recent accolade, but also showcased the school’s new multi-channel prospectus designed by the students themselves.
Through a creative project led by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – Winchelsea students took part in a number of creative workshops where they produced photos, illustrations, digital drawings, film and recordings that captured their thoughts and ideas about their school and the wider community. This work formed an amazing content bank that has been used to create the multi-channel prospectus, which tells the world about Winchelsea School through the eyes of the students.
Kate Rowlands from RIO led the work. She said, “The core value of the project was to give the children the tools to express themselves; the importance of their school to them as individuals and also to highlight how creative, insightful and talented children with special needs can be. Their response to the challenge and their enthusiasm from start to finish has been incredible and they have worked so hard to tell the world what’s important to them.”
The students were also challenged to find out about and showcase the people and organisations that are important to the local community. This included a visit to nearby residential care home The Aldbury which cares for people suffering with dementia, and a visit to the school from Judith Cooling and twins Alistair & Duncan Feltham; members of the local Special Olympics organisation who have all achieved international sporting success.
Rachel Weldon, Head teacher at Winchelsea School said: “Quite often our students and young people are overlooked because of their learning difficulty or additional needs. In working with partners we are able to showcase and celebrate our pupils in a positive way, and in so doing break down some of the barriers that may exist.”
The multi-channel prospectus is now available on the Winchelsea School website, to view it please visit the Winchelsea School website.