Our work in the past school year has included seven schools. The team completed four school courses before the school summer break and then when the schools return in early September have three more schools to work with, the last course finishing in the end of October.
The four schools that have completed their angling courses, all cater for children with special educational needs but are so different from each other.
Rowhill School has students with behavioural and learning needs, so the Cast Award courses for the younger students can be quite challenging. But the school also funds a two-year BTEC fisheries course for older students. The students seem to flourish on this course and this year we have a student who on leaving Rowhill has enrolled on a higher education fishing course at Hadlow College. Great oaks from little acorns grow!
A new school to the programme this year is Nexus School. They have really been impressed by how the course has gone, and its benefits to the students and from November we will be delivering the AIMS Award accredited qualification to their students.
There is a long-standing group of boys with autism from Broomhill Bank North, who we have been teaching for four years and they were our first graduates from the Aims Award course, passing with flying colours.
Each year we take a maximum of six pupils from the school – three new pupils and our three musketeers! I think it is important that we stay in touch and support them in their fishing.
Meadowfield School is one of the schools we have dealt with the longest. They have students with profound, severe and complex needs, and as always they have been a lovely group, who gave it their best at this year’s course and all really seem to enjoy being out in the outdoor environment.
Here’s to the next school year, may it be just as successful!