What do we offer our pupils?
Blue Skies - JETS
On 20th August 2011, Flt Lt Jon Egging lost his life whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival. He was coming to the end of his first year with the world-famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team ‘The Red Arrows’ flying in the position of Red 4. Jon was an inspirational person and it was his dream to inspire and enthuse young people to reach their full potential. The Jon Egging Trust was established in North Wales in 2013 working with young people from Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi. The Jon Egging Trust run three Blue Skies programmes, working closely with RAF Valley, operating over three levels – Teamwork Level 1, Leadership Level 2 and Work Experience Level 3, with 10-15 students on each level.
The Blues Programme
The Blues Programme, funded by Royal Mail, is an evidence-based “blues busting” course which actively engages students suffering from, or at risk of developing, a mental health condition.
The course aims to reduce the signs of low mood and negative thoughts, and to promote prevention.
Pioneered in the US, Action for Children have worked with the founder of the Blues Programme to ensure effective delivery in the UK. Delivering the intervention in schools across all four nations, the Blues Programme has seen 70% of pupils showing an improvement in their mental health and emotional wellbeing, with 87% reporting increased confidence.
The Blues Programme is a semi-targeted course aimed at young people aged 13-19 who are suffering from, or at risk of developing, a mental health condition. It is part of our Build Sound Minds campaign which encourages positive conversation and good mental health.
Once a school has signed up to take part in the Blues Programme, all pupils aged 13-19 are asked to complete a CESD survey. The results of the survey help to identify those young people who are in need of support and may benefit from taking part.
Young people are then invited to take part in the programme. Allowing them the choice to be involved helps them make the most of the opportunity and begin their own journey of change.
Anglesey Youth Service
Sharon Bibby our Youth Development Officer
is based in school on a daily basis. Sharon is on hand to offer support and guidance as well as providing fun sessions such as cookery, arts and crafts, gardening, dance and drama, team games, physical activities, she also facilitates our LGBTQ+ Club every Wednesday lunchtime. Sharon also presents educational issues such as internet safety, First Aid, healthy living and alcohol/substance misuse. Sharon also offers the Duke of Edinburgh Award and sources practical courses to further support our learners and improve their engagement with school. In addition to all this, Sharon manages the community youth clubs where young people from the age of 11 upwards can meet their friends for a chat and relax!
The school works closely with Môn CF to provide a range of vocational qualifications to support learners to move on to their next stage of education, employment and training. The following courses are available to learners at YUC:
Level 2 Safe and Manual Handling
Level 2 in Food Safety in Catering
Level 3 in Emergency First Aid at Work
Môn CF also assists the school in arranging work experience for learners in conjunction with the local employer and parents. This provides learners with the opportunity to be supported throughout the Summer holiday and fully prepared to attend college courses.