Unfashionably holistic for years

7th April 2000 at 01:00
I AM delighted that St Paul's Way and Small Heath are providing essential support to families (TES, March 24).

We too open at 8am and have a free breakfast kitchen. We too have a store of uniforms, underwear and shoes for those in need. In the past year we have provided a bed, bedding and furniture to families and we are currently looking for a cooker.

We provide many free places on trips, offer a free summer play scheme, and extend the school dayin many exciting ways, including four after-school clubs, a toy library and a Saturday club.

The main difference is that as long as I have been a head - that is some 21 years - these have been everyday elements of a holistic view of education, consistently supported by colleagues and governors. But then we are a special school, much more unfashionable than a specialist school.

Michael Carolan

Hurst school

Hard Lane, St Helens

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