The Tenterden project was envisioned early in 2011 by the local grouping of Anglican and Baptist churches. With the active support of the Principal of Homewood the project gathered pace and at Easter 2012 Nathan Wilson was appointed the first Schools Worker.
The Homewood project has, throughout the 4 years, gathered pace and taken on many roles within the school, as well as building links with primary schools and the wider community.
We were part of the start up team for the Tenterden Youth Cafe, have been involved in many children’s and youth project with local churches and have seen youth workers come together across the town to meet together and network.
A successful Primary Transition programme has developed, with many primary schools welcoming us back year after year, and some taking the opportunity for the Apollos Trust to lead collective worship regularly.
In Homewood the project has led on whole school initiatives including PSHRE and mentoring., organised the school services at festivals, taken on the young carers project, organised groups of staff and students to meet together for prayer and fellowship, been part of the ERS team delivering curriculum to all year groups, as well as working with students on the edge of school with Take Up The Challenge, for our more vulnerable students, and working with the LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) Centre for some of the students who find mainstream education difficult.
We are really excited at how this project has developed and look forward to seeing it continue to develop in the coming years