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Queen Elizabeth Academy sends classroom contents to charity School Aid in continuing tradition

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 02, 2016 | School life

Staff and pupils at The Queen Elizabeth Academy unknowingly continued a school tradition recently.

The secondary academy, a recent addition to the Academy Transformation Trust family of academies, is preparing to move to new state of the art premises in September.

As part of the move, staff began to have a clear out of classrooms, including textbooks. The academy decided to donate them to School Aid, selected by Curriculum Leader for English, Richard Armishaw.

School Aid sends school books and other educational resources direct to schools in need in Africa. Their volunteers collect, sort and pack boxes for each school before they are shipped to African ports. They collect all these materials in the UK from schools and other donors and provide this international recycling service with the help of people who provide donations and logistical support.

On the day the book donation was being organised, Principal Dan Watts unearthed a photo from years gone by of ex-Queen Elizabeth pupils donating books to Africa.

Dan commented: “We are incredibly proud of our charitable work and the outreach we undertake with our local community.

“As well as learning core subjects, we feel it is important that we reinforce a sense of respect and responsibility among our pupils and help them to engage with and develop an awareness of the world around them. 

“It is reassuring to see that this has been the tradition at the school over many years.

“Well done and thank you to Mr Armishaw for organising the collection, to Head of College Mr Butler for helping to transport the books and to the pupils who gave their support.” 

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