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VSK are very proud that Fleetdown Primary Academy (Galaxy Trust) have achieved the Nurture Quality Mark for the fantastic work they have done for young people in their Nurture group and across the school.
Vicky Yates is the Lead Teacher and she told us what it has been like preparing for the award…
“I set up Fleetdown’s Nurture Group in 2012 after attending a Nurture Group Network Conference, hearing of the positive impact that it has on children’s lives. In 2017, Amanda Ormond and Jo Kelly from Virtual School Kent gave us the amazing opportunity of becoming accredited Nurture Practitioners, arranging and funding the course for us and other schools in Kent.
We had a number of looked after children in our group with attachment difficulties who really benefited from this provision. Attending this course allowed my colleague Sarah Kingsland and I to make improvements to our group. Claire Wilson our trainer from the Nurture Group Network inspired me to go for the Quality Mark Nurture Award, I have recently gained a teaching qualification but at the time as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant this was something I did not think was possible. This award seemed really worth the effort as it benefits the children ensuring they are getting the best possible support to improve their outcomes.
I am very proud to say that after a long journey, and with the support of my Head Teacher Alice Harrington and Deputy Head Toniann Braniff to create a whole school approach to Nurture, Fleetdown Primary Academy has been awarded the Nurture Quality Mark Award. The principles of Nurture are applied not just within our Nurture group but across the whole school.
Our Nurture Provision “The Lighthouse” provides an outstanding provision where children’s learning is understood developmentally, equipping them with the social and emotional skills needed to succeed. “
We wish her lots of luck and more exciting times ahead with all the fantastic work that Vicky and the team do at Fleetdown to support vulnerable young people.