Callywith awarded Trauma Informed School status

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Trauma Informed and Mentally Healthy School status following our assessment in October 2023.

Empathy, understanding and meaningful professional relationships are key components of our continued success at Callywith College and these values have been embedded in our outstanding teaching, learning and support since our inception, contributing to our culture where calm, kindness and modelling positive behaviour are central.

Following the visit, assessors said: “Relationships are at the heart of the work of the college. From the second students arrive they are met by adults who are invested in them and want to make a difference. This is evident in the way that adults talk to students, share humour with them and engage with them throughout the day.”

Further quotes from the assessors’ report highlight the way in which we embed the Trauma Informed Schools UK (TIS) approach: “The academic environment is vibrant and engaging, every student is encouraged and supported to achieve their potential and access destinations of choice. Barriers to learning are removed and all staff go the extra mile for the students.”

Additionally, assessors commented on how “staff all spoke incredibly positively about working at Callywith and the way in which they are supported”. As one staff member said: “It is a privilege to work somewhere we can make such a difference.”

All staff at Callywith have been trained in the TIS approach. The college’s student support team have all undertaken a TIS Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health and the Assistant Principal for Student Experience Jen Temple is the college Senior Mental Health Lead.

Students Services Lead and Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead Jamie Crowle shared: “I'm incredibly proud of our amazing students, staff team and the culture we have established at Callywith. Our aim has always been for our students to not only gain qualifications, but to leave us as well-rounded, well-informed and resilient young people. We can only do that by building positive relationships with them and supporting them holistically. Going above and beyond for our students and each other is the norm at Callywith and to have the work we do collectively to support our students recognised and celebrated by Trauma Informed Schools, was a huge accomplishment."

Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead Jen Temple, shared: “We are delighted to be awarded Trauma Informed School status and the feedback we received from assessors reflects our whole college approach to supporting our students to achieve their full potential and fulfil their goals.”

We are incredibly proud of our outstanding staff and students who together have helped us achieve this status.