Community School - sponsored by Suma
This award goes to a school or college effectively engaging with its wider community and local causes.
And Calderdale College’s work with the Arch-Way project reflects the message of this award perfectly.
It’s a partnership which provides opportunities for the college’s students to engage and assist the local community through a range of projects.
Now up and running for more than a year, the collaboration aims to bring the community together, creating a sense of community spirit and providing real hands-on experience for students across Calderdale.
The Arch-Way Project is a hub for the community and the work carried out benefits all involved, with the youngest being a nine-year-old girl who is on the autistic spectrum up to a 97-year-old lady at risk of dementia, plus everyone inbetween.
The partnership embodies what this award category is all about and enables the college to engage with its community, creating a sense of belonging, community spirit and happiness.
John Rees, principal of Calderdale College, said: “It’s essential to get students involved in the community and this award means we are really making a difference in the community.”
Gary Flowitt, chief executive of the Arch-Way Project, added: “It’s a winner for us and a winner for the students, who even come in the holidays because they want to keep in touch.” Ravenscliffe High School was also nominated in this category.