College gives rooftop revamp to Hartlepool’s One77

Kelsey Roach and Aaron Tumilty pictured working on the project at Cafe One77.
Kelsey Roach and Aaron Tumilty pictured working on the project at Cafe One77.

A ROOFTOP garden area at a popular centre has been given a new lease of life thanks to a group of dedicated youngsters.

Pupils from Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, have been spending time working on the roof at One77, in the town’s York Road.

Six teenagers have been working on the project and helped clean up the area as well as paint murals on the walls.

Paul Sowerby, a teacher at the school said: “The students have done this work as a voluntary project during school hours and I am very proud of their efforts.

“The teamwork of the students, who have behavioural or emotional difficulties, has been fantastic to see and they have really focused on the job in hand.

“The students have been very keen to get involved and to see the job right through to the end which was brilliant.

“We are really pleased with the way the rooftop area is looking.”

One77 is a social enterprise in the centre of Hartlepool, providing opportunities to “engage and inspire” young people.

The six Catcote students that helped revamp the rooftop areas are from the BESD department, where youngsters have a combination of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

They plan to submit the project to the Giving Nation Awards, which is run through the Citizenship Foundation,

Catcote School Business and Enterprise College is a secondary, co-educational special school for 111 learners with moderate, severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Some of these students may also have autism spectrum disorder or additional sensory as well as physical impairments, language and communication difficulties, while others may present some “challenging behaviours”.

The school also operates Catcote Futures, a provision for learners over the age of 19 with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties.