Community links are celebrated

Jenny Medhurst(left) and Chris Eddowes (third left) of Fairtrade pictured with Catcote school stucents Lauren Briggs, Stephen Shout, Christopher Woore(cor) and Benjamin Shave.
Jenny Medhurst(left) and Chris Eddowes (third left) of Fairtrade pictured with Catcote school stucents Lauren Briggs, Stephen Shout, Christopher Woore(cor) and Benjamin Shave.

LINKS between a school and community organisations in Hartlepool have been celebrated.

Staff at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, held the celebratory event to recognise the links created between the school and the local community over recent years.

Students worked with the organisations throughout the week and then highlighted the good work that the various organisations do at the celebration event, which was held before the students broke up for their summer holiday.

A wide range of town organisations were involved including RSPB Saltholme, Hartlepool Art Gallery, Sports Domes at Seaton Carew, emergency services, Hartlepool Radio and Fairtrade.

Teacher Alison Brown, director of specialism for business and enterprise, said: “The idea of the community enterprise week was to mark and celebrate the strong links the school has with various organisations in town.

“Each class chose an organisation and the students worked with them for one week and then on the Friday we put out stands to explain about each one.

“It was all about raising awareness and it showed there are very strong links around town.”

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

Some 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”.