Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Reach Academy Feltham

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The Duchess of Cambridge attends Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards November, 2016



Wednesday, 10th January 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Reach Academy Feltham, a school working in partnership with Place2Be and other organisations to support children, families and the whole school community throughout their school career. The Duchess of Cambridge has been patron of Place2Be since 2013, reflecting her interest in children’s mental health and the importance of supporting children and families to give children the best possible start in life.

Reach Academy opened in September 2012, and now serves pupils from Nursery through to year 12 in Secondary. It was founded on a belief that all young people, regardless of background, can achieve great things. The school’s goal is to provide all pupils with the opportunity to go to university if they wish and to live happy, healthy and productive lives. It has created a community of pupils, parents and teachers united by the highest expectations of what every young person can achieve, and by the commitment to help young people to excel. The school is small, with only sixty pupils in each year, which means that every adult knows every pupil and their family, and deeply understand its pupils’ needs. Reach Academy is deeply committed to working with parents and believes that communication between home and school is vital, and has worked with organisations including Place2Be and Family Links to ensure families benefit from a range of support. During her visit to the school, The Duchess will see the early years provision in the nursery and speak to parents who have benefited from the school’s parenting support. Her Royal Highness will then take a brief tour of the school before joining a discussion with Place2Be staff and a group of secondary school pupils from the Academy about the range of support on offer at their school, including emotional wellbeing support, LGBT groups and a girls’ group.

Place2Be is a leading UK children’s mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. The charity works directly with more than 282 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales.

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