The community of Boulevard in Hull is a vibrant and close-knit neighbourhood that takes great pride in supporting its residents, especially the students at the Boulevard Centre.
One of the key aspects of the Venn Boulevard Centre’s curriculum is to encourage students to engage with the local community and gain practical experience. To achieve this, the students regularly visit the nearby local shops, which serves as a wonderful opportunity for them to practice their life skills. The shopkeepers in the area are welcoming and supportive, making it an ideal environment for the students to learn and grow.
During these visits, the students actively participate in various tasks, such as purchasing groceries, managing money, and interacting with the shopkeepers and other customers. These activities not only enhance their communication skills but also help them develop a sense of responsibility and independence. The students learn how to make informed decisions, compare prices, and handle transactions, which are valuable skills for their future.
Moreover, the local shops have embraced the presence of the Boulevard Centre students, creating a warm and inclusive atmosphere. Shopkeepers patiently guide the students, offering assistance whenever required, and ensuring they feel comfortable. This mutual support between the students and shopkeepers has fostered a sense of belonging within the community, promoting inclusivity and empathy.
In addition to visiting the local shops, the students at the Venn Boulevard Centre also actively contribute to the community by working on the local allotment. The allotment serves as a valuable space for gardening and cultivation, and the students eagerly participate in various gardening activities. They learn about plant care, watering techniques, and the importance of environmental sustainability. These experiences instil a sense of pride in the students as they witness the fruits of their labour, watching the plants flourish under their care.
The allotment also serves as a place for social interaction, as the students collaborate with each other and engage in teamwork. They exchange gardening tips, share knowledge, and offer assistance to one another, fostering a sense of camaraderie and cooperation. The students also contribute their harvest to the community, either by selling the produce at local markets or by donating it to those in need.
Venn Boulevard Centre regularly holds special events and invites the Boulevard community.
“Pupils value the way in which you and your
staff make everyone feel included.”
“An SEMH curriculum runs through the heart of your school.”
“Teachers and teaching assistants work hard to ensure that pupils are ‘nudged’ in the right direction in lessons.”
“Pupils talked to us about the way in which you
and your staff celebrate difference and help to make everyone feel valued.”
“Pupils are given chances to reflect upon this
through ‘life books’ where observations are made, and improvements praised.”
“Pupils welcome new arrivals with understanding and compassion.”
“All pupils benefit from targets to help them to develop their social and emotional skills and to build a level of resilience.”
“Your school helps pupils to become
confident rounded young people.”
“You seek to identify any triggers which cause pupils to behave erratically and you work towards eliminating these.”
“A time of ‘reflection’ at the end of the
day allows pupils to consider how they have performed at school and helps them to focus on their attitudes and behaviours. ”