We are very proud to share that four of our Year 13 students have delivered a series of presentations to a host of NHS medical professionals, including doctors and consultants.

They presented the sessions on aggression, bullying, exercise and confidentiality to practitioners from a branch of the NHS known as Healthier Together. An initiative which is on a mission to support babies, children and young people across the region with its portal of trustworthy healthcare advice for parents, carers, young people and professionals.

Sam, Emilia, Beth and Isabelle were offered the opportunity through our Enrichment Programme, which is made up of more than 90 extra-curricular opportunities available to our students.

They met with a GP weekly and really felt like their opinions were trusted gaining fantastic relevant experience for their future career aspirations.  They even received certificates at the end of the project, to show how much the NHS valued their opinions.

Mr Watkins (Director of Sixth Form ) said that “Enrichment plays a significant role in a child’s academic life – I work closely with many talented young students who will be our future leaders and creators and we see the impact projects like these can have on their long-term future. Healthier Together is a fantastic and important initiative and we’re honoured our students were invited to contribute.”

The community initiative has also recently been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Digital Award which shines a light on digital products, projects and services that are transforming care delivery, enhancing efficiency, and improving patient outcomes.

Dr Nicole Allshorn is the Clinical Lead for the initiative as well as a GP said “We are finalists and that’s quite an achievement. We got to this stage, in part, because of the involvement young people have had in developing the website. We hope the portal will be a useful resource to young people and carers in West Yorkshire”.

The students said they were proud, and rightly so, to be able to contribute to such a credible and important cause.

Here are links to the students’ presentations:

Anger by Sam
Bullying by Emilia
Exercise by Beth
Privacy & Confidentiality by Isabelle

This article was first published in the Wharfedale Observer on 9th May 2023.