Pastoral Support Officer
Brief outline of Chapter
Lapper chapter is a respectful and aspirational group of students and staff of eleven vertical tutor groups, with students from years 7 to 13 in each. Students, staff, parents and carers work effectively together to enable all students to realise their potential. As a chapter we aim for all to make a positive contribution to their tutor group, chapter, Academy and the community as a whole.
The chapter takes inspiration from Alison Lapper MBE the local artist who lives in Shoreham. Alison Lapper was born without arms and with truncated legs, a condition called phocomelia. At the age of 19, Lapper moved to London where she acquired a driving licence and a flat. She studied in The Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the University of Brighton and graduated with a first class honours degree in Fine Art in 1994. She uses photography, digital imaging and painting to, as she says, question physical normality and beauty, using herself as a subject. She is a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World (AMFPA). In May 2003, Lapper was awarded an MBE for her services for art.
As a Chapter we live by the motto: ‘Be the change that you want to see.’ We are committed to the notion that all of us have challenges in our lives and, like Alison, we choose to live each day asking ourselves, how can we face these challenges to make the most of what we have. How can we leave marks on the world that make it a better place having us in it.