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New Horizons by Angela Hay

Heartlands Community Trust

I recently joined the multi-academy Heartlands Community Trust (HCT) to help them develop stronger links with the local community.

HCT runs Heartlands High School in Wood Green, a dynamic and vibrant secondary school and is also currently consulting upon expanding their Autism Provision into a separate school which is planned to open in September 2018.

In this new role I am assisting HCT to develop its contacts in the community and to foster the school as a community hub, therefore providing the students with positive life experiences through many exciting projects being worked on. Projects range from a proposed Literacy Festival to involve other schools in the borough and engage the community to building an outdoor gym, with the aim being to increase the use of the school facilities for the community. The school already hosts many clubs and groups out of school hours in its large and modern spaces

Sponsorships and partnerships are being developed with businesses large and small in the area and beyond. The response from the area has been very positive and the Trust knows that building these relationships will have a very beneficial effect on the students’ education and life enrichment.

Grants have already been won for books, therapists and to continue the Haringey Children’s Book Award which was started and is run by the head librarian at the school. There are also plans to increase the amounts of musical instruments available to the students and allow for more cultural trips. The students have also been offered the opportunity to get work experience in Year 11.

The school is increasing its curriculum offer by adding a GCSE in Classical Civilisation and sponsorship is being sought to take the first group of students to Italy to enrich their experience of the subject.

Simon Garrill the executive head said

“This is an exciting time for the Trust. With the opening of the Grove and building on the success of Heartlands High School, we’re optimistic about building local partnerships that can develop our students and give them access to a greater depth of resources. Angela’s work is beginning to give real benefits for students.”

The Trust would love to hear from anybody who wants to get involved with our projects  which cover but are not limited to literacy, keeping active and fit, giving our students the best possible experiences e.g. theatre trips, visits to cultural destinations abroad, acquiring sports equipment and musical instruments.

If you are a business looking to support a local project or a resident who would like to be involved with helping and mentoring students please get in touch with me to arrange a tour of the school by emailing [email protected]

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