ACE Aware School

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and our trauma informed culture.

Witton Park Academy is at the forefront of a growing social movement that recognises the potentially life long impact of negative experiences in childhood. Research proves that physical health can be impacted by the nature of a young person’s early life experiences and that how we relate to each other as individuals can help to mitigate the effects of past and current negative experiences. This is a movement in development and the first step is learning what ACEs are and how they impact on our lives. The short film from our colleagues at BwD public health gives an introduction to this vitally important subject.

At Witton Park Academy, we firmly believe that great communication between staff, students and their families can build positive relationships that support a young person to thrive. Our support is never judgemental and is freely given because we acknowledge that all of our lives will contain periods of difficulty that can be overcome if we learn to self-regulate our emotions and learn to accept reality for itself to enable us to function during crises.

We aim to assist our staff and students to develop effective interpersonal skills that support the good relationships we have at Witton Park Academy and with the wider community that we serve. ACEs can be overcome and importantly awareness can help us to prevent them occurring in the first place.

Within Witton Park Academy, we have developed a range of sophisticated responses to ACEs and the mental health of our students and staff. We collectively learn about the science of emotions and techniques to enable us to self-regulate. We offer coaching for those of our school community that need support and guidance in developing those self-regulation skills. Information about these techniques and the work that we do in school will be shared with parents through information evenings. Please feel free to contact Mr Archer if you wish to discuss any aspect of this work.

It is important that each of us realise that we have a role to play as citizens in creating a supportive and compassionate society as we all face the long term consequences of ignoring the impact of trauma on our fellow citizens. Witton Park Academy is proud to have worked with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Lancashire Constabulary, the NHS, Public Health England, Public Health Wales and local partners to further our understanding and effectiveness in dealing with ACEs and similar health and wellbeing issues.

“We are pushed to never just stop at our target grade.”

Year 10 Prefect

“All the staff have helped me learn and achieve my goals.”

Sanah, Year 7

"The school has helped me grow by supporting me in every lesson."

Aliyah, Year 10

"This school focuses a lot on learning together."

Year 10 Pupil