Photo Gallery: 'It's a Knockout' at Ormiston South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy

Here are some photos from the competition for young people at It's a Knockout held this afternoon at Ormiston South Wolverhampton Bilston Academy. The event was part-funded by HeadStart in collaboration with Talent Match Black Country, and brought together contestants of all ages to socialise and have fun.

A great afternoon of team-building and community spirit in Bilston!

(Click onto the thumbnails to see larger versions)

Rock School at Park Village Education Centre!

Rock School is one of wide range of exciting activities that form part of the WV10 Consortium HeadStart Summer Programme in Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South.

Last week, Elaine Higgins, our HeadStart Community Development Coordinator visited Park Village Education Centre to capture some quick photos and video clips from this great song-writing, and performance activity. Take a look at our video below!

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'5 Alive Summer Fun' Film-making week with Gazebo Theatre!

Gazebo Theatre is our lead commissioned provider for ongoing programmes with young people and families in Bilston East. Their programme with young people over the summer is called '5 Alive Summer Fun', and last week the focus was film-making, with the group working with video professionals to plan, script, shoot and edit films based around the HeadStart objectives of:

  • raising awareness of mental health issues
  • supporting the wellbeing and resilience of 10-16 year olds and their families

Look out for their finished films soon! To find out more about the programme, visit this page in our 'What's On?' Guide:

Quotes from the young people:

I really liked learning how important the sound person is and that you have to work with the director and camera person. I felt part of a team to make the film work.
— Lisa
It’s hard work but I learned a lot in the end. Sometimes you have to shoot things more than once to get it right. Trying and trying again, but don’t give up!
— Nav
It taught me how important it is to listen to instructions.
— Faith
Today I learned a new skill, it was wicked. I’ve never done filming before.
— Sophie


Mental Health Awareness Training: Supporting the understanding of mental health in professionals, the voluntary sector, and HeadStart Parent Ambassadors

On Friday, HeadStart organised the latest in a series of mental health awareness training sessions for educational professionals, voluntary sector organisations and HeadStart Parent Ambassadors.

Since HeadStart began to offer this training, sessions have been oversubscribed, with additional sessions being organised to meet demand!

The training was lead by Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist Dr. Nooreen Khan and Assistant Educational Psychologist Louise Parker, who brought their extensive experience to discussions.

The session gave attendees an overview of topics including:

  • The physiological, neurological and evolutionary basis of emotions, and the Fight / Flight / Freeze response
  • The threats to emotional wellbeing in young people, and the protective factors which operate to reduce their impact
  • Information on a wide range of common mental health issues for young people, including anger, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and eating disorders.

Attendees were encouraged to share and reflect upon their own experiences of working with young people and families.

Further training events of this type are planned for the future, so keep an eye on our website at and our social media feeds for information.

Day One of #HeadStartSummer - spreading the word at The WorkSpace and Heath Town Park

Today was the first day of the HeadStart Summer Programme, and the HeadStart team were out and about at two community events, spreading the word about what is available in our target areas around the city! 

Don't forget to check our 'What's On?' guide for all of the wellbeing activities and programmes available to young people aged 10-16 and families over the summer!

Here is a gallery of photos from two fantastic events: