The Woodlands AP Hubs began with the opening of The Oaks Hub in September 2020, situated on the Discovery Academy site and part of the Discovery Academy provision. With facilities for up to 16 students, age 14-16 the Hub is a safe place of learning for those who, for whatever reason, have become disengaged from mainstream education.
In September 2021, The Elms Hub opened on the Excel Academy site, as part of the Excel Academy provision. This provision caters for 8 students, age 14-16. This Hub, specialising in Creative Arts, has been designed to offer flexible spaces and a vocational education as well as cater for core subjects.
Both Hubs have Therapy rooms, to support ‘talking therapy’ and improve protective factors around mental health and wellbeing.
What We Offer
We provide a supportive environment to allow all students to learn and develop in their own way to reach their full potential. We offer a full curriculum (in line with their peers) including 5 GCSE’s and a vocational offer and support this through ‘Social Emotional Learning’. All students have intervention to support their needs and an Individual Plan to ensure targets are clear. There is rigour to the routine, but flexibility to allow for individuals to thrive.
1st Class Mental Health and Wellbeing Services
Our own going commitment to positively impacting on our young people’s mental health and wellbeing means provide all students with the opportunity to engage in weekly sessions with a Psychotherapeutic Practitioner. The practitioner is employed by the Trust to deliver therapies which support ongoing difficulties with mental health and wellbeing. ‘The Hive’, (the new Alpha Trust Wellbeing Service) is designed to be operational from the HUBs and to provide students with access to support for their mental health needs.
We improve each student’s behaviour and attitudes towards their peers and adults. We do this by developing positive relationships and a keen sense of belonging. Children who have struggled in mainstream school often need to feel like they belong before they feel safe and ready to learn. Through helping to provide protective factors such as a sense of community, within an educational setting, children are helped to feel welcome and a part of a thriving community; one in which they are able to form stable, meaningful relationships. We teach about consequences, rather than just delivering them, and that every action has a consequence, whether positive or negative. This is life.
We prepare students for reintegration into mainstream education, where it’s appropriate to do so. This may not happen for all students. Some students settle well, achieve positive outcomes, but feel overwhelmed by a larger setting. In these cases, we develop their skills in confidence, independence and resilience and give students opportunities to flourish within the setting. A tree is planted for all our students who graduate either back into mainstream Academies or leave at the end of Y11, a representation of their time with us, the nurture received and a physical symbol of the growth already achieved as well as that which will follow.