Debbie and Sean from the Wellbeing and Emotional Support Team have worked closely with Tender to deliver education to our young people around the importance of healthy relationships. They were delighted to hear that Tender have awarded St Philip’s the Champion Secondary School of the Year award. They took four students for a nice meal before collecting the award to bring back to school. Here is what Tender had to say about us:
“Tucked away in Chessington is a world of adventures far more innovative and exciting than any theme park. St Philip’s School has been working with Tender since 2015 and in that time have not only been champions of equality and empathy, but also generosity and creativity.”
Every school will encounter their own unique challenges to tackling relationships education, but for specialist settings, the challenges of finding dedicated time and resources that resonate and are relevant for their students can be particularly difficult to overcome. Luckily, St Philip’s is blessed with an incredible team of staff – amongst them Debbie Battle and Sean Henn – and students, all of whom have worked tirelessly to not only accommodate, but actively improve Tender’s projects within the school and for the wider community.
Over the past year, Tender has been working to develop the accessibility of its workshops for young people with special educational needs and disabilities, throughout which St Philip’s has played an irreplaceable role. Students, parents, carers and staff have all generously given their time to advise on project content, resources and student support: advice which will make a lasting difference to Tender’s work with schools and youth settings outside of their own.
A student on a recent project at St Philip’s stated that, in life “You can be who you want to be”, and, in Tender’s eyes, “St Philip’s have chosen to be champions. We’re so happy to have been able to recognise St Philip’s incredible work at this year’s awards, and look forward to working with you again in future.”