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Hairdressing salon in Bromley school helps students build confidence

PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 June 2014

A grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation helped fund the salon

A grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation helped fund the salon

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Setting up a hairdressing salon in a school has proven to be a huge success.

The salon was the brainchild of Jackie Maloney, Teaching Assistant at Glebe School, Hawes Lane, West Wickham.

It was set up with the aim to provide work based opportunities for KS4 students who are keen to get into the hairdressing trade after they finish their education.

A grant of £500 from the Jack Petchey Foundation helped to fund the salon and pay for tools, mannequins and products for students to use after Ms Maloney won a “Jack Petchey outstanding Leader Award” last year.

As well as developing practical skills students also have the chance to learn about the theory in health and beauty.

Headteacher Keith Seed said: “Students have gone onto mainstream college courses and workplace apprenticeships as a direct result of Jackie’s fantastic work and the skills and confidence they have acquired. The relaxed atmosphere within the salon promotes their interest in learning.”

Year 11 student Sophie said: “I am really excited about going onto college to study hair and beauty. I feel very confident as I have learnt so many skills here at the Glebe school hair salon.”

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