28th January 2000 at 00:00
A week in the life of Northbrook pupil referral unit, Slough

Northbrook aims to give its 30 pupils a fresh start in life. The 15 and 16-year-olds have been excluded from mainstream schools and, in the words of headteacher Kim Bolton, "need to be reintegrated into learning". "We provide a positive learning environment and prepare them for adult life," she says. The unit's approach is to stimulate their enthusiasm for education by providing whatever activities they are interested in, be it sport, Ict or work experience. In addition, of course, to English and maths. There are four full-time staff but Ms Bolton can also call on other teachers in Slough. This is her first headship, and she has been in post for a year. "It's magic. It's what I thought it would be. I hve got what I wanted," she says. Before this, she was in the senior management team of a mainstream secondary school, teaching maths. Our pictures show a week's residency by mixed-media artist Mary de Jode on the theme of "out of Africa". Students worked with Mary individually and in small groups and recorded their work on the unit's new digital camera. Here are some of the results.

Snaps by pupils and staff

What your right arm's for: Jamie Morton at work

Still life: it proved a moving experience

Study in blue: Katrina Cook puts the rest in the shade

Hue and dry: laying it on thick outside

Pen pals: from left Kimberley Paton, Kirsty Robertson and Vicky Lockyer

View from above: headteacher Kim Bolton joins in the art week

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