Glade Hill Primary and Nursery School

We are Golden and we SPARKLE

Free to Be Me balloon launch at Nottingham Castle

The Aspire group of schools celebrated the completion of a year- long project called ‘Free To Be Me’ on Wednesday June 28th 2017.


The project was inspired by the findings of the Children’s Society 2016 Report on Children’s Wellbeing in Nottingham City. The Aspire Group of schools then commissioned a cluster report to further investigate the wellbeing of the children in their immediate neighbourhoods.


All our schools consulted with parents and children; designed and delivered a community wide poster campaign; designed and commissioned a badge for every child in our Partnership – around 3,500 children - and delivered focussed assemblies to enhance the already strong Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) and Personal Social Health Education curriculums within each school.


The project has also linked with city-wide initiatives such as Looking After Each Other & Beat the Street.


Each school selected 2 Ambassadors from Year 5 to represent their school throughout the year. On the 28th June, one of our Year 5 representatives Adam went to launch their own balloon to celebrate the ‘Free to Be Me’ project. They were accompanied by Cari Burgess, Head Teacher at Henry Whipple, and welcomed by Sheriff Cllr. Glyn Jenkins and Cllr. Sam Webster who will be offered balloons to launch with their own messages. Adam had a fantastic day and represented our school superbly!


At Glade Hill the children also launched balloons on the same day with Ms Sheppard, carrying more messages of what Free to Be Me means to them. These children were selected by their teachers based on their embodiment of the 'F2BM' message. Please take a look at the photographs below.


Schools involved:

Henry Whipple Primary, Glade Hill Primary, Westglade Primary, Rise Park Primary, Southglade Primary, Robin Hood Primary, Top Valley Academy and The Oakwood Academy