Baroness Wilcox, Barbara Ruby Quartey, Duncan Slater – BCA Ambassador
This 56 year-old woman set up Insights Institution, a school for children and young people with complex emotional disorders, which cares for 40 young people aged from 7 to 19. The students come from troubled backgrounds often with exceptional social behavioural challenges. The school nurtures them to learn social skills enabling them to fit positively back into society.
Students are referred to the school from 10 local authorities with conditions such as ADHD, oppositional conduct disorder, some are on the child protection register and some from the care system with drug or alcohol misuse or domestic violence histories. Barbara set up the schools in 2002 using the mantra:
“Make the school fit the child, not the child fit the school”
Many students leave the school with social and educational skills that help them manage their emotions. Many gain qualifications that will set them up for a fresh start enabling them to choose any career path they wish. The school has won an Investors in People Gold Award as a measure of its commitment to looking after its staff. Barbara runs it as a social enterprise with all profits ploughed back into the school to help improve standards and services. Barbara is principal of the school.