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Project information

Orchard Meadow Art Room

To provide an early intervention programme for Orchard Meadow Primary School children and partner schools who need support to improve the students’ emotional wellbeing. We use art as therapy to help children discover their abilities and improve their learning, conduct and emotional behaviours.

December 2011 - December 2012

Charity information: The Art Room

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  • Need


    Orchard Meadow is one of the most deprived areas for child poverty education and skills. The students have serious difficulties and are disengaged from mainstream education, disruptive or withdrawn. Some of the students are on the Special Educational Needs register, prime carers or children in care. Our project is addressing the problems these children are facing which is proving a barrier to them making positive choices for themselves and unable to fully engage with their educational programme.


    Our programme helps vulnerable often traumatised children make better choices. We have a high pupil to practitioner ratio and use positive language of their worth and abilities. We use art as a therapeutic tool to help them explore their talents and skills. We empower the students to lead their own projects and support them to make positive decisions, which encourages a similar thought process in their daily lives. Our project encompass literacy and numeracy which supports the student.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce exclusions and truancies for the participating schools


    » Run weekly workshops which work with the young people improving their self esteem and confidence.
    » Run workshops which incorporate numeracy and literacy

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured in partnership with the participating schools and collecting statistics from the Special need Coordinator on the beneficiaries.

    Aim 2

    To improve learning, conduct and emotional well being


    » To run workshops for 50 children per week
    » To provide professional development for the staff delivering the project
    » To evaluate the service

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured using the questionnaire which we conduct before and after attendance. We also will do case studies and feedback from the participating schools.

  • Impact


    Our partner schools feedback to us on the increased confidence and aspirations of The Art Room children which lead to improved behaviour at school and reduced exclusions. This leads in turn to better qualifications at school, thus improving employment opportunities in later life. Greater confidence and improved social skills also enable these young people to make better life choices as they feel that they have wider opportunities open to them.


    Risk: The Primary School could decide that they no longer have the space to house the Art Room. To mitigate this we keep in regular contact with the Head teacher and Governors and have regular meetings.
    Risk: We do not have enough funds to continue the project. To mitigate this we have applied to trusts and foundations, organised regular fundraising events and meet with the participating schools network of head teachers.


    We will invite donors to regular events where they will be able to learn and question more details about the project. We will send regular reports and results of our evaluation. We would also encourage donors to visit the project in action.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £45,039

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,636 Manager Salary for the Manager 3 days a week
      £13,373 Senior Practitioner Salary for the Senior Practitioner 3 days a week
      £2,500 Support costs Line mangement & Training of staff
      £6,700 Materials To deliver the workshops
      £5,000 Overheads Contribution to office costs
      £2,830 Admin Evaluation, insurance, mobiles, travel exp

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Payment from participating schools £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Our work in Orchard Meadow works in the Blackbird Leys and parts of Greater Leys which are one of the city’s most deprived areas. Blackbird Leys is in the top most deprived in the country for education (2.8%), skills (3.18%) and training (3.28%). Educational attainment of young people at GCSE is 15 % lower than the national average and even further behind the regional average. Child poverty is a key concern, Blackbird Leys is among the ten % worst-affected areas in England.


    Children between ages 5-15 and their families. We have five partnerships with school in the area. The Art Room supports young people in areas of high social deprivation like Black Bird Leys, the poverty in these areas is self-evident. The areas where we work are in the top 10% for child poverty in the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have over ten years experience with working in this field and over that time we have developed our methodology with the support from Social Workers, Psychotherapists, teachers, Doctors and artists. We have a very strong training programme and have a team of dedicated professional staff. We have rigid policies sin place which are consistently reviewed and adhered to. We have a strong financial management with robust procedures in place. We work in partnership with other organisations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Juli Beattie

    Founder and Director of the organisation will provide strategic direction for the organisation. Juli will supervise the practitioners.

    Catherine Sandford

    Catherine come from a teaching background and will manage the project at Orchard Meadow

    Senior Pracitioner

    Senior Practitioner is a professional artists and will support Catherine to deliver the workshops.

    A Volunteer

    We use volunteers to help support the team.


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This approach to emotional wellbeing is a positive way of engaging children in a nurtured environment. The intervention is having a profound effect