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Spring Term Arran Hill Roundup

Arran Hill is a Secondary SEMH (social, emotional and mental health) Resource and provides a broad, balanced and bespoke curriculum, in line with Wickersley Partnership Trust’s Curriculum Intent.

The SEMH resource is currently based at Thrybergh Academy in the Arran Hill Centre.

Children from all secondary schools in the Trust have the opportunity to access this resource in the event that their presenting needs mean that they are unable to access the mainstream classroom – helping children with a range of SEMH needs, which include school refusers to children with hidden disabilities.

Spring term was a busy one for the students at Arran Hill – with lots of different activities to support their learning and development. 

The students engaged in weekly cooking sessions as part of the curriculum, but also for therapeutic intervention.

Last term, the students enjoyed making cookies, apple pies, Victoria sponge cakes and pizza dough. They also attended theory sessions alongside the practical to learn the basics of food and nutrition. 

Students had the opportunity to attend weekly horse riding sessions, where they learnt stable management and the skills for horse riding. They developed fantastic relationships with the staff at the stables and the horses. 

There was a range of Science activities at our centre last term. Our Y8 students created model lungs; Y9s analysed samples and were able to correctly identify which contained glucose; other students also took part in a hands-on CSI activity – collecting evidence, using fingerprint analysis, DNA analysis and chromatography to solve the case. 

Diversify, a student knife crime and child exploitation charity, present a workshop to our students. Monique, who led the session, discussed with the students the impact of child exploitation, county lines and knife crime by sharing her own personal experiences.

The students showed a true interest in Monique’s story and engaged by asking loads of questions. This workshop was arranged by South Yorkshire Police, as part of their strategy to educate young people around the dangers of gangs, exploitation and knife crime. 

A very positive term for the students at Arran Hill, keep up the good work!