MBQMA - Celebrating 10 years of nurture – Kettlethorpe High School

Arriving at a big secondary school such as Kettlethorpe High School, Wakefield at 8.30 in the morning was indeed a magnificent event in itself. With over 1,700 children arriving at the same time, I was amazed at how chaotic it wasn’t! I observed happy, focused children going about their business with a real sense of purpose, and laughter permeated throughout the walls of the building. The celebrations started as soon as the bell rang and past and present children – 150 of them – made their way to the assembly hall. SEMH teacher Emily Del-Grande stood up and shared some important statistics with the children – Emily has drunk 1,200 cups of coffee in 10 years, 16,500 slices of toast have been consumed by all, 500 children have been part of Diamonds nurture group, and over 100 boxes of tissues have been used – which works out at around 20,000 tissues. Emily went on to thank headteacher Mr Griffiths for his support as well as Mrs Turner, Mrs Lorde and Mrs Wilde, who is retiring and who will be sadly missed by all. Congratulations to you all, and as one teacher said: “You put so much effort and time into the students and it has a massive impact on their whole lives”. Thank you for making my visit a special one. The children are a real credit to you!

By Helen Stollery

Special thanks to Jenny Turner our regional co-ordinator for Yorkshire and the schools Whole school Social, Emotional and Mental Health Lead, who was unable to attend the MBQMA reaccreditation presentation due to a bereavement. Jenny has been instrumental over the 10-year period and has pioneered secondary nurture both within her school and region. Jenny has overseen an embedding of nurture philosophy throughout the whole school, which includes focusing on whole-school mental health. Jenny continues to manage the Diamonds facility and is proud of the continued excellent work that is done by the team within it.