As we’re approaching the end of the school year, why not take five to look back over the last five years in the month of June.

While many of us were taking part in street parties, eating scones and drinking tea across the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday last year, some members of R.E.A.L. staff were pushed to their absolute limits cycling from Cumbria to Tynemouth.

The epic journey saw Martin Thorne, Maria Wills, Steve Quinn and others cycle 150 miles over three demanding days, all in aid of raising money for the R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust. 

In 2021 we were getting ready to announce our new Creative Digital Arts course in the new R.E.A.L. Digital Suite at Hinkley. The Digital Suite had the latest state of the art equipment with Apple iMacs, wireless mice and keyboards and a large interactive digital screen. 

2020 was a challenging year for many with Covid, and in different and difficult times, there’s nothing like a bit of silly dancing to keep spirits high. The R.E.A.L. Mechanics team at Kingsmill Way collaborated with Creative Digital to spread some quarantine joy to their learners, with staff donning exercise gear for a very special quarantine workout video! 

The hilarious video highlighted social distancing and handwashing, whilst the team danced to a dedicated quarantine workout track. It was uploaded to Mechanics learners’ online workbooks to give them all a smile.

In 2019 learners volunteered at different community projects to support a variety of activities. Learners were busy gardening, collecting litter, painting and decorating, helping to create a wall mural and preparing and cooking food for the community kitchen project.

Last but not least, back in 2018 we opened a new Wellbeing Room at Kingsmill House.

The room contained a large blackboard wall for ideas and suggested activities, a bookcase full of relevant books, comfy seating to enhance relaxation and engagement, sensory lighting, smartwatches (to be used as heart rate monitors) and a TV screen which can be used to support innovative Mindwave technology.

We love sharing with you all the good news and latest goings on at R.E.A.L. so it’s nice to look back at all the great work our learners and staff continually do.