At Northwick Manor we recognise that community cohesion means working towards a society in which there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities: where backgrounds and circumstances are appreciated and valued; equality is embraced and strong and positive relationships are nurtured in the workplace in school and in the wider community.
Our school's role is crucial. By creating opportunities for pupils' achievement and enabling every child to achieve their potential, our school makes a significant contribution to long term community cohesion.
We recognise that cohesion is important in avoiding the effects of all forms of intolerance and building bridges between different groups, ensuring respect for diversity.
Our schools curriculum recognises, where possible the need to promote community cohesion including across different cultures, ethnic, religious or non-religious and socio-economic groups.
We will regularly review our current practice, identify any gaps and devise an action plan to address these in order to promote community cohesion. We will monitor our progress towards our aims and review our provision on an annual basis.
Community Cohesion – School Project
Northwick Manor maintains links with two regional schools. St James’ Primary school, Malvern and Greet Primary School, Birmingham. This link started over four years ago and has been sustained and developed since.
The benefits include that both our link schools are very different form Northwick Manor and all three schools enrich each other. St James’ is much smaller than Northwick and Greet with approximately 100 children. The school is set into the Malvern Hills with a roof top playground from which the hills can be accessed. Annual visits to the school always include a walk and picnic on the hills.
Greet is a four form entry teaching school therefore, bigger than Northwick and classed as inner city; the school is also multi – cultural.
Year groups involved in the project has varied but is currently Year 4. The link involves two annual visits to the other schools and of course one day hosting a return visit. These days are hugely valuable in terms of the children mixing and sharing each other’s learning experiences and environments. Activities during the day often include dancing drama and sport all activities which will support interaction between the children.
More recently we have started to develop each schools blog. The idea behind this is that the children share more frequently work and learning activities so that our visits to each other’s school are even more successful.
Some of the other links we have made:-
Worcester Sixth Form College
Worcester Technical College
Local High Schools – Kings, RGS, Bishop Perowne, Tudor Grange, Christopher Whitehead, Blessed Edwards, St. Marys, Riverside
Local Primary Schools – St Barnabas, Perdiswell, St. Georges CE, Claines, RGS – Springfield
Local Feeder Nurseries
Local Churches – St Stephens Church
Charities- We ask parents/staff/pupils views on which charities to support.
St Richard's Hospice - Staff Bereavement Training
Police – Year 3 & 6 forensics/1& 2 stranger danger/ 5&6 anti- social behaviour& internet safety/ illegal money lending team
Sports – Bishop Perowne, Kings, RGS, Tae Kwondo Club, Karate Club, Worcester Cricket Club, Worcester Warriors, Aston Villa, Dancefest, Worcester University, Tennis Club, Raven Golf Club, Police – rugby training and tournament, Swimming pool – gala and lessons
Mr Cadle – The History Man
Radio Wyvern and BBCHereford and Worcester
Ben Heason – International rock climber-aspirations
WCC Cycling proficiency
Parental links-Fireman visit/Grandparents – WW2/Dentist/Doctor/Muslim parent etc
British Legion-WW2 talks
Local Newspapers – Worcester Evening News, Messenger
WWC Music Service (Worcester Youth)-Proms in the Park/demonstration assemblies/Play to Learn
Music tuition from Gerdy McCrea ,Shirley Goodwin and Laura Golding
Quantum leap theatre group
West Mercia Army
The Hive- City library
The Vue Cinema
to our Community Partners