Southlands School, North Tyneside – Long Willow Garden

Meet the Long Willow Garden Team

2016/17 Student Team


      Callum                                       Robert                                                                   Jamie


                     Kris                                                         Jack                                          Sam 

2016/17 Staff Team

Mr Sean Kirkup

Southlands School

Lee Mc Nulty

Workbased Assessor, Kirkley Hall


Heading for a career in horticulture

One of the young people at Southlands Special School, North Shields, who has been part of our Horticulture Scholarship, has been accepted on a full-time course at Northumberland College at Kirkley Hall, Ponteland.

Sam McClean, aged 17, has been part of the scholarship since September 2016 and has clearly shown the potential and commitment to take the next step towards a career in horticulture.

The scheme, organised and funded by The Children’s Foundation, started at Southlands Special School in 2014 and is also now running at Walbottle Campus, Throckley.

Each project involves between six and eight Year 10/11 pupils (aged 13 to 15) and is an opportunity for them to develop their skills outside the school environment and meet their full potential.

For some, like Sam, it gives them the impetus to go for a career in horticulture.

The Southlands Project is extremly successful with a new group of students embarking on the scholarship every year since 2014. The impact of the project has been monitored by the school and has proven very promising with the following feedback: