09 Feb

This week has flown by so quickly! It is Friday already and we are nearly finished for half term. Exciting news here at Dean Street…due to a number of referrals through our admissions panel, we have welcomed Kaiden into Year 9. After half term we are opening a new classroom in Key Stage 3 and Miss Roberts is delighted at the opportunity to be able to nurture her new class here at Spring Brook Academy.

This week I have spent lots of time visiting our new pupils either at home or in their current provisions. I am really excited to be able to offer these pupils a place here at Spring Brook and to be able to extend our Spring Brook family. Visiting other provisions has made me love our school even more. It has made me realise that our Spring Brook offer to pupils is the best.

I mention this time and time again – our hard working and dedicated staff here at Spring Brook make this a very special place to be and to work and learn. Ryan, also in Year 9 will start with us after half term. It was heart-warming to show Ryan and his Mum around school this week. Ryan’s mum was so excited and said some lovely things about our school.

Let’s have a look at what our Nurture Group have been learning about…

This week has gone really quickly with the Nurture Group. The boys have worked hard in lessons with lots of work produced. In Maths we have being working out the missing angles on straight lines and in triangles..

On Tuesday school was hit by a power cut and the group was smaller than usual, so we borrowed Lewis from another group to make the numbers up for soft play at Hollinwood. The boys enjoyed playing a mystery game while running off a lot of energy.

Our emotional and social lesson just happened to fall on Mental Health Day and the group showed a mature attitude while watching the power point and videos. They had some great questions at the end of the lesson.

In food technology the boys made their own version of jammy dodgers with great results! The boys weighed and mixed the ingredients, following the recipe before washing up..

When the biscuits had cooled down they carefully added the jam, trying not to break them..

James has started his transition over to the New Bridge site and is really enjoying spending his time there. Well done James, you have completed your first drama lesson!

Well done boys, I can safely say that the jam tarts looked great but they tasted even better – thank you for my afternoon snack!

We had a visitor to Dean Street on Thursday. He is very calm and loves our boys. Here is Ben, Mrs Coulbeck’s dog, with Wayne..

It’s been a short week here at Dean Street, the pupils broke up for half term on Thursday and today the teaching staff have had lots of training. It has been good to end the week listening to Luke Ambler talking about mental health and illness. Luke is the founder of Andy’s Man’s club. I found Luke inspirational and I admire his outlook on life. You can read more about the amazing work he does and the #ITSOKAYTOTALK social media campaign here.

We are hoping that Luke will come back to school to talk to our pupils. So from Luke and me, Happy Half Term everyone!

Miss Rodgers
Head of Site

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