Updated: Sep 25
We have had a close relationship with the Danesgate Community for many years, and have supporting the amazing work that this school does for children with social, emotional and mental health needs.
On September 22nd a group of 12 members and partners, led by Frank Paterson, visited the school and were welcomed by their head teacher Chris Nichols and several of his staff.
Chris Nichols chats with us
Chris explained and we discussed the background to the school's operation and the challenges faced by the increasing demand for places for Pupil Referral - pupils excluded from mainstream schools - we met half a dozen of the pupils and had a chance to chat with them.
The beauty salon at Danesgate gives wonderful vocational training and skills for pupils
It was clear that they all enjoy their time at Danesgate and the environment has clearly helped them to change, adapt new behaviours and get close support from the dedicated teachers.
With 190 pupils on the roll at the moment, and over 100 staff, the ability of the school to provide individual care and education, in a positive and stimulating environment, was incredibly impressive.
We were taken on a tour of the school and its classrooms and vocational facilities such as a kichen and beauty salon.
It was obvious to all that the service they provide is not only helping these children to better adapt to society and change behaviours, thus saving the city huge social and benefit costs; but they are being given education and vocational skills that will help them in their future lives.
It's a unique and essential role that Danesgate provide to York, and Chris and his team are to be congratulated on the dedicated way they achieve this.