What is community cohesion? It is working towards a society in which there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities; a society in which the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued; a society in which similar life opportunities are available to all; and a society in which strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace, in schools and in the wider community (Alan Johnson, 2006).
Building on its existing strong links with the local community, the Community Cohesion Group was established early in 2012. It includes members of staff, students and community and faith group leaders from Middlesbrough.
Meetings are held every term, providing an opportunity for members, including students, to share ideas and offer support. Although still in its infancy the group has been successful in providing a platform for members to give each other mutual support, in order to provide better outcomes for all those involved in the school community. The group’s achievements were recognised when Acklam Grange was awarded the BME School Award in November