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Visit from Nicola Brentnall

Last term we were privileged to have a visit from the CEO of The Queens’ Commonwealth Trust, Nicola Brentnall.

After travelling up from London Ms Brentnall got to meet with our student leadership teams who presented their work within the academy and the local community. 

 The four departments met with her to share their social action projects and she helped inspire the pupils to lead the way and make a difference within the local and in some cases, global area. The Department of Mindfulness & Welfare are currently looking at ways of how to look after pupils’ mental health and are trying to create a mindfulness garden. This is going to focus on exam stress as well as other issues that affect the mental health of pupils on a day to day basis. The Department of Education & Opportunity presented their idea of helping the homeless of Leeds by educating them with the basics of numeracy and literacy so they have more opportunities available when searching for employment. The Department of Sports & Healthy Living posed their idea of healthy eating as they want to educate young people about the importance of a healthy diet and to change the habits we see every day in pupil’s packed lunch boxes.

Ms Brentnall then spent time with our Department of Business & Enterprise talking about their plastic project. The QCT kindly awarded the team with a £2,000 grant last year so they could launch their campaign of making Leeds East plastic free. They have set up a recycling scheme in school which will ultimately mean that each pupil and member of staff will receive a reusable sports bottle –this will mean we can ban single use bottles! After a show stopping display in the centre of the school pupils are realising the harm of single use plastics and the project is going from strength to strength. The pupils have even developed their project so that it impacts a village in Kenya!

The visit was really positive and we hope to welcome Ms Brentnall again in the near future where we can share our successes and be inspired once again by such an amazing social action programme.