Selly Oak Trust School

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The Real Life 4 Me Trust

Selly Oak Trust School was one of the first schools in the country, and the very first special school, to grasp the opportunity offered to have a charity running in tandem with the school. In September 2007 the school became a maintained foundation school supported by an incorporated registered charity, The Selly Oak School Trust.  In 2013 the Trust Board agreed to re-name the charity to reflect the aims of the organisation and it became The Real Life 4 Me Trust.

The members of the Board of Trustees are as follows:

  • Annette Roebuck, Trust Director and Chair, Director of Communicate2U - Coventry University
  • Chris Field, Head Teacher, Selly Oak Trust School
  • Tracey Orr, Central England Co-op
  • Lynda Theophilus, Trustee, Selly Oak Trust School
  • Malcolm Pomroy, Director of Communicate2U

Annette Roebuck represent the Trust on the school’s governing body as a Foundation Governor.  The members of the Board bring wide ranging skills to The Trust which benefit the young people in the school and some of those who have left.  The Trust and the school have worked closely with the Co-op for many years on projects such as work experience and community projects on site such as practice interviews and even painting railings! Annette Roebuck became a member of the Board in July 2014.  Communicate 2U employ special needs students to work with NHS professionals to enable them to better understand patients with special needs.  Malcolm Pomroy joined the Board in January 2015.

The Trust directly supports the work of the school but also intends to develop an expanding range of support for people with SEN in a wide variety of settings particularly at 19+. It will also aim to provide support and advice for parents confused about how best to help, and secure help, for children with special educational needs.

The deficit of services for young adults with SEN after leaving school in Birmingham has been identified by parents and the local authority.  From this point, the Trust will provide an umbrella for the development of a wide range of services and support.

The aims of the Trust are simple:

  • To advance the education and relieve the needs of the pupils whilst at the school and beyond school leaving age at 19+
  • To relieve the needs of and advance the education of persons with special educational needs in particular but not exclusively by:

                              - the provisions of advice, counselling and support

                              - assisting in the provision of facilities for further education

                              - educating the public about people with special educational needs.

  • To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their condition of life.