Latest appearance part of 'One Albion in Schools' programme
THE Albion Foundation have visited The Orchard School as part of the One Albion in Schools programme.
The initiative sees representatives of the Foundation deployed into various Special Educational Needs schools across Sandwell and Dudley to help engage pupils with severe disabilities and support sporting activities.
Working with roughly 600 children each week, the Foundation run a range of lessons and activities ranging from breakfast clubs to after-school clubs and PE lessons.
The Albion Foundation have been in partnership with The Orchard School for the last seven years, and August's visit was the latest promotion of sports participation and increased self-esteem throughout the school.
Disability Development Manager, Paul Glover, was full of praise for The Orchard School and its pupils.
"Orchard have really embraced the Foundation since we have begun working with them.
"The smiles on the children's faces when they see our members of staff are priceless and it makes our job worthwhile."
Diane Ellingham, Head Teacher of The Orchard School, was grateful for the opportunities that the Foundation were bringing the school as part of the One Albion in Schools campaign.
"It gives the children a much wider access to the sporting curriculum," she said.
"They [the Foundation] are a team of staff that understands disabilities so they utilise their sports background to understand the different needs of the children."